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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.

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

March 20, 2012 Article

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.

March 20, 2012 Article

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.

March 11, 2012 Article

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.

March 7, 2012 Article

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.

March 2, 2012 E-Newsletter

Dear Friends, 

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.   

February 28, 2012 Article

By Chris Vaughn

FORT WORTH -- The Texas congressional delegation, led by U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, is mobilizing in an attempt to scuttle the Air Force's plan to move Air National Guard C-130 Hercules transport aircraft from Fort Worth to Montana, which military and political leaders say will leave the Gulf Coast vulnerable during disasters and hurricanes.

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.