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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 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.

March 24, 2015 Press Release

The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs will come to order.

I would like to welcome our witnesses to today’s hearing:

March 18, 2015 Press Release

The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs will come to order.

I would like to welcome Secretary Lew before the subcommittee to discuss the fiscal year 2016 budget request for the Treasury Department’s International Affairs Programs. The funding under review today supports contributions to international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, global climate change programs, debt relief, and technical assistance programs.  

March 5, 2015 E-Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Earlier this week Congress acted to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the end of the current fiscal year. Under no circumstances was I going to let DHS shut down.

The threats facing the United States today are as serious as they were immediately before September 11th, 2001. I do not believe that shutting down the department that oversees transportation security, border security and critical counterterrorism efforts would be in the best interest of our country.

March 3, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement after His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress today.    

February 25, 2015 Press Release

The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs will come to order.

Mr. Secretary, I want to welcome you back to the subcommittee. There are many serious foreign policy matters and budget issues that Members will want to address during our time with you. We look forward to your testimony today.   

February 23, 2015 Press Release

By Maria Recio - Star-Telegram Washington Bureau

February 20, 2015 Press Release

By Patricia Zengerle

February 13, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and 169 other House Republicans today sent a letter to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) demanding him to stop censoring debate on a critical bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security’s operations for Fiscal Year 2015 and defund unconstitutional programs created unilaterally by President Obama. These signatures were gathered in about 24 hours.

February 12, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ranking Member Ted Deutch (D-FL) of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee and Chairwoman Kay Granger  (R-TX) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-FL) of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, made the following joint statement today after introducing H.R. 907, the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015 which seeks to strengthen military and economic ties between the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Joint statement by Ros-Lehtinen, Granger, Deutch, and Lowey: