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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

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.

April 3, 2015 Opinion

THE “KEY parameters” for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program released Thursday fall well short of the goals originally set by the Obama administration. None of Iran’s nuclear facilities — including the Fordow center buried under a mountain — will be closed. Not one of the country’s 19,000 centrifuges will be dismantled. Tehran’s existing stockpile of enriched uranium will be “reduced” but not necessarily shipped out of the country. In effect, Iran’s nuclear infrastructure will remain intact, though some of it will be mothballed for 10 years.

April 3, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement after it was announced that an initial framework agreement has been reached by the P5+1 negotiating countries regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
 

March 31, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement after President Obama announced the United States would lift the hold on military assistance to Egypt.
 

March 26, 2015 Article

By Leigh Munsil

Lockheed Martin took to Capitol Hill on Wednesday with an F-35 flight simulator and footage of the advanced fighter jet in flight to tout the economic benefits of the massive weapons project for companies supplying key components.

The midday event was a chance for staffers to see the plane and the company to maintain support for the controversial project as they prepare to vote on the Pentagon’s budget for next fiscal year.

March 25, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today showcased its F-35 Lightning II mobile cockpit demonstrator to Members of Congress at the Rayburn House Office Building.

“We owe our future generations the strongest, most advanced national defense possible. The F-35 is a critical piece in our defense arsenal that will allow us to continue our dominance in the skies into the next generation,” said Rep. Kay Granger, co-chair and founder of the Congressional Joint Strike Fighter Caucus.

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