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
My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Orlando, and the victims and families of those who were murdered or injured. With 49 people dead and many more injured, this is the worst terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001.
Congresswoman Kay Granger delivered the following speech in the House of Representatives in support of the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill:
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of the FY17 Defense Appropriations bill. This very important bill provides for our national security by supporting our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, who we rely on to provide that security.
During very dangerous times, we must ensure that the United States remains not only the greatest country in the world, but also the strongest.
Congresswoman Kay Granger released the following statement regarding the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub:
(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), Chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, introduced H. Res.
WASHINGTON – 394 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter urging President Obama to veto possible upcoming one-sided initiatives in the United Nations concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Our community has a special relationship with the military and those who serve. I want to provide you an update on the USS Fort Worth.
The U.S. Navy’s fleet of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), which includes the USS Fort Worth (LCS-3), is vitally important to our national security. Designed to be quick, agile and able to operate in depths as shallow as 20 feet, these ships are perfectly suited to operate in the Asia-Pacific region.
SAN DIEGO – Congresswoman Kay Granger (Rep) for Texas’ 12th congressional district, along with three congressional delegation staff members toured the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and met with Sailors from the Texas area March 30.
On her first visit to an amphibious ship, Capt. Michael W. Baze, the ship’s commanding officer, guided Granger, on a tour of the ship’s hangar bay, flight deck, mess decks, medical facilities and brief her about the ship’s capabilities.
Congresswoman Kay Granger made the following statement in response to the attacks in Brussels:
The terrorist attacks on the Brussels airport and metro are a reminder that we must remain vigilant against the radicals supported by the Islamic State, who have declared war on innocent people in Europe and around the world.
The reports that Americans were injured in the attacks emphasize that we will not be safe until we eradicate ISIS.
The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs will come to order.
I would like to welcome Secretary Lew to discuss the Fiscal Year 2017 budget request for the Treasury Department’s International Affairs Programs.
The funding under review today supports contributions to international financial institutions, such as the World Bank and regional banks, other contributions to multilateral funds, and technical assistance programs.
The budget request totals $2.3 billion, a $5 million increase above Fiscal Year 2016.