The issues of National Security are important to our district and to my work in Congress.
From the brave men and women who serve overseas and at the Naval Air Station – Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, to the hard-working Texans that design and manufacture the world’s most innovative weaponry, the 12th Congressional district plays an integral role in America’s national security.
Since arriving in Congress, I have worked tirelessly to strengthen our nation’s military. As a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I am proud to have an important seat at the table as Congress addresses our defense funding. I will fight to strengthen our district’s contribution to the security of this country and be a vocal supporter of important weapons programs, including the F-22, H-1, V-22, and Joint Strike Fighter. These programs are integral to our national security and play a vital role in our military’s offensive and defensive strategies.
Our service members and their families also play a critical role in America’s national security strategy. I believe it is extremely important that we increase the quality of life for our men and women in uniform, their families and our nation’s veterans. I am committed to fighting for our military families and supporting legislation that promotes the welfare of our service women and men.
As the former Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I am also proud to play a role in deploying our nation’s soft power as part of our overall national security strategy. The Subcommittee’s work includes efforts to support our ally Israel and stop the spread of global terrorism.
In 2012, I stood with Governor Rick Perry and members of the 136th Airlift Wing of the Texas Air National Guard to fight a costly and unnecessary Air Force proposal that looked to move the Texas National Guard C-130 squadron to Montana. After months of hard work, I am proud that we were able keep the C-130s where they are needed and where they belong: Fort Worth.
Global War on Terror
While more than a decade has passed, the horrifying images of September 11, 2001, have not faded. We have been reminded by the shooting at Fort Hood and the bombings at the Boston Marathon that the threat of terrorism to our homeland has not faded. We cannot afford to take these threats lightly or doubt the ever-increasing globalization of terrorism. I am determined to defeat terrorism through a sound defensive position and unquestionable military might.
More on National Security
This week I proudly stood with Governor Rick Perry and the brave men and women of 136th Airlift Wing of the Texas Air National Guard. We came together to deliver a message to the Air Force, to Texans, and to the millions of Americans who depend on the C-130 aircraft to respond to natural disaster emergencies: Our C-130s will not be moved out of Texas without a fight.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry and other officials Wednesday promised to ratchet up pressure to keep eight Air Force planes used for disaster relief from being moved from Texas to Montana, a proposal Perry called "one of the worst decisions" the federal government has made in some time.
By Chris Vaughn
FORT WORTH -- Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Reps. Kay Granger and Joe Barton promised a hangar full of National Guard troops Wednesday that they will continue their knockdown fight with the Air Force over plans to move eight C-130 Hercules aircraft from Fort Worth to Montana.
The North Texas U.S. Service Academies Forum, jointly sponsored by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Senator John Cornyn, as well as Congressman Joe Barton, Congressman Michael Burgess, Congressman Bill Flores, Congresswoman Kay Granger, Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Congressman Sam Johnson, Congressman Kenny Marchant, and Congressman Pete Sessions will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012. This informational forum provides interested students grades eight through twelve an opportunity to learn more about our nation's service academies, requirements for admission and the selection process.
The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs will come to order.
I would like to welcome the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeff Feltman and the Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions, Ambassador Bill Taylor. Thank you for appearing before the Subcommittee today to discuss U.S. policies and our assistance strategy in the Middle East and North Africa, especially those countries affected by the Arab Spring.
By Sara Sorcher
Lawmakers did not appear swayed by the arguments of Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to continue contributing to UNESCO after the organization defied U.S. opposition and accepted a Palestinian bid for membership.
By Zach Silberman
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Top Obama administration officials faced tough questions from lawmakers on funding for the Palestinian Authority and its efforts to seek statehood recognition.
During a hearing Tuesday of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), probed the U.S. Agency for International Development 's administrator, Rajiv Shah, on the administration’s funding for the P.A. and requested a written justification for the Obama administration’s $147 million request for the Palestinians.
By Maria Recio
WASHINGTON — The two powerful women sat across from each other in the ornate, gold-curtained congressional hearing room: U.S. Rep. Kay Granger was at the center of the dais and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in the witness seat as the Fort Worth Republican grilled her on world affairs.
By Angela K. Brown
FORT WORTH, Texas — Five Gulf Coast states' governors and Texas' entire congressional delegation are fighting a U.S. Air Force proposal to move eight cargo planes out of Texas that are used for post-hurricane evacuations.
The governors sent a letter to the Obama administration this week in response to proposed Air Force budget cuts, which include moving the Texas Air National Guard C-130 Hercules planes away from Fort Worth's Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in two years.
The Air Force has proposed taking eight C-130 transport aircraft from the Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth and moving them to Montana, where new facilities will need to be constructed and new operating crews will need to be trained. This decision not only wastes a lot of taxpayer money, it leaves Texas and the Gulf Coast region unprepared when natural disasters hit. Every member of the Texas Congressional delegation, Republican and Democrat, is united in opposing this decision and committed to fighting it.