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
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.
By Jen Judson and Joe Gould
WASHINGTON — A powerful lawmaker with State Department oversight is ripping the foreign military sales processes over lengthy delays in a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Secretary of State John Kerry demanding they create a plan to fix issues.
The Republicans in Congress are focused on laying out an agenda to show the American people policies that will get our country on the right track.
Coming out of our annual retreat, the Republican Conference announced the five pillars of this agenda: National Security; Jobs and Economic Growth; Health Care; Poverty and Opportunity; and Constitutional Authority. Over the course of this year, each Member of Congress and their constituents will provide input for policy solutions dealing with these topics.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and vice-chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, made the following statement on the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday highlighting the national security provisions in the Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus federal funding bill:
Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of this omnibus Appropriations bill. My top priority is to ensure we provide for our national security. This omnibus does precisely that.
WASHINGTON, DC – A federal spending bill set for a Congressional vote Friday includes important support for our troops and the nation’s defense, Congresswoman Kay Granger said Wednesday. The bill includes major support for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the keystone to air superiority for the United States and its allies.
The terrorist attack in San Bernardino is a reminder that radical Islamic extremists will continue to target our nation. In order to protect Americans, our commander-in-chief needs to be committed to a very specific plan, which includes U.S. involvement and support for our allies, that ends when ISIS is destroyed.
First and foremost, President Obama needs to acknowledge that what we’re doing now isn’t working. A few weeks before the terrorist attack in Paris, he proclaimed that ISIS was “contained.” It’s time for him to recognize reality.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) Wednesday co-sponsored legislation that would provide stringent protection for America against terrorists who attempt to slip into the country under any program involving refugees from Syria or Iraq.
Granger warned on Sunday that current safeguards are inadequate and said the administration should suspend the admission of Syrian refugees into the United States. Evidence has shown that one or more of the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks had entered Europe in the wave of refugees.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) and Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) yesterday sent National Commission on the Future of the Army (NCFA) Chairman Carter Ham, USA Ret., and Vice Chairman Thomas R. Lamont a letter expressing concerns over recent Army force structure decisions and their hope that the NCFA will take into account the value and capability of the National Guard as they prepare recommendations for Army force structure decisions. The letter says, in part: