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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

December 9, 2015 E-Newsletter


Dear Friend,

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.

November 18, 2015 Press Release

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.

November 16, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding the terrorist attacks in Paris: The terrorist attacks on the people of Paris – with the apparent guidance and support from the Islamic State – are a heinous crime that reminds us all that we are at war with the radicals who want to control the world through tyranny and terror.
October 2, 2015 Press Release

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:

September 5, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC-Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding the four members of the Texas Army National Guard who were injured this week in an IED attack in the Sinai:

“I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to all of the Texas Army National Guard soldiers of the 1-112th Cavalry Squadron, especially the four Soldiers recently injured in an IED attack in the Sinai. 

July 15, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding the Department of State’s plan to modify the U.S. diplomatic presence in Cuba:

July 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement regarding an agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear program:

June 24, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Last night, Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) met with Malala Yousafzai, who earned a Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy of education for young women. Congresswoman Granger released the following statement about the meeting: 

“Malala Yousafzai’s accomplishments are a source of inspiration for me and many others. As the daughter of a teacher and principal, and a former educator myself, I know firsthand the profound impact that an education can have on a young adult.

“The work that Malala does improves the lives of young men and women throughout the world.

April 30, 2015 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

As many of you might have heard, there will be a military exercise involving about 1,200 service-members occurring from July to September. Known as “Jade Helm 15,” this military training operation is being planned and executed by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and will take place in seven western states, including Texas.

April 8, 2015 Opinion

By Kay Granger and Carter Roberts - Special to the Star-Telegram
04/07/2015 5:02 PM

In 2012, the Fort Worth Zoo celebrated the birth of an endangered greater one-horned rhinoceros — a first for Texas and a major milestone for the zoo.

That same year in South Africa, a different milestone was being marked: A record 668 rhinos were lost to poaching, a 5,000 percent increase in five years.