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National Security

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.

C-130s
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

February 23, 2012 E-Newsletter

Dear Friends,

This past summer, Congress took serious steps toward addressing the nation’s skyrocketing national debt.  After weeks of tough negotiations, we reached an agreement that would begin to take us in the right direction – cutting over $900 billion immediately and forming a Super Committee to find an additional $1.2 trillion in cuts.

February 7, 2012 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement on the future of Egyptian aid: 

“Egypt has been a key strategic partner for the United States for over thirty years.  One year ago the Mubarak regime fell, and since then Egypt has been a country in rapid transition.  As the FY 2012 appropriations bill was developed, Members of Congress knew that the situation on the ground was evolving and that a range of events could occur.”

January 20, 2012 Press Release

Washington, DC – The Congressional Joint Strike Fighter Caucus co-chairs, Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) and Congressman Norm Dicks (WA-6), released the following statement after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced he is lifting probation on the F-35B STOVL variant:

January 13, 2012 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

This week I travelled to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. I met with key foreign officials about the ongoing nuclear threat from Iran, continuing violence in Syria, Islamic extremism, and the best way to confront all these challenges together with our friends on the Arabian Peninsula. 

November 18, 2011 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Earlier this year, Taiwan made a request to purchase 66 F-16 fighter jets from the U.S. to bolster its defense forces.  This would be a benefit to both nations – it would increase Taiwan’s ability to defend itself while generating thousands of jobs here in the United States.  But because of concern about the Chinese, in September, the Administration denied the sale and decided just to ‘upgrade’ the F-16s Taiwan already had.  This action means both countries miss an important opportunity.

October 7, 2011 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

The bipartisan Super Committee is working on cutting at least $1.2 trillion from the federal budget.  By law, if the Super Committee does not complete its work by Thanksgiving, an automatic, across-the-board cut called ‘sequestration’ will be triggered in January 2012.

If sequestration occurs, our national security and defense capacity will be at risk.  Cuts will be so severe that in one year, the Pentagon budget will be reduced by $105 billion or 18 percent.  Over nine years, those cuts will total $1.1 trillion.  

September 23, 2011 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Right now, only 12 percent of jobs in the United States are manufacturing jobs.  The President has said that keeping manufacturing jobs in the U.S. is a priority for his Administration.  I don’t disagree with the priority but I do disagree with how we get there.

June 24, 2011 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Congress is scrutinizing President Obama’s involvement in Libya largely because of how he interpreted the War Powers Resolution before entering the conflict.  I have heard from many fellow Texans who are concerned about the issue. But first it is important to understand what exactly is the War Powers Resolution?

June 24, 2011 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Congress is scrutinizing President Obama’s involvement in Libya largely because of how he interpreted the War Powers Resolution before entering the conflict.  I have heard from many fellow Texans who are concerned about the issue. But first it is important to understand what exactly is the War Powers Resolution?

April 8, 2011 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Federal funding to keep the government open is about to run out.  This situation could have been prevented.  If Congress is unable to reach an agreement with the White House, the federal government will be shutdown tonight at midnight eastern time.  Senate leadership has refused to make any serious effort to keep the doors open.  They have refused to pass a spending bill that would cut just one percent of our federal spending for this fiscal year.  The ball has been in the Senate’s court for weeks now and they have refused to act.

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