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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

February 11, 2015 Press Release

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

I want to welcome all the Members to the first subcommittee hearing for the 114th Congress. The purpose of today’s hearing is to oversee funding within the State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee’s jurisdiction to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Ebola outbreak.  

I would like to welcome our three witnesses:

February 8, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement in support of King Abdullah II’s military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  

January 22, 2015 E-Newsletter

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January 14, 2015 E-Newsletter

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January 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to defund in its entirety President Obama’s recent immigration executive orders and fund the Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of fiscal year 2015.

January 8, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee, issued the following statement condemning the decision by the Palestinian Authority to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).

January 6, 2015 Opinion

By Reps. Ander Crenshaw, Kay Granger and Mike Quigley

What impact is U.S. investment in foreign aid having in far off, foreign countries? In D.C., we receive statistics about the impact of aid, but never get a face or a name of those affected by our help. Traveling to Cambodia, the largest single beneficiary of U.S. aid in maternal and neonatal health, changed that. That’s where we met Navy, a 30-year-old woman who lives with her 6-year-old daughter, Davin in Phnom Penh.

December 22, 2014 Article

President Barack Obama’s plans to seek a normalization of relations with Cuba split lawmakers, and those on the opposing side vowed to use whatever means available to stand in the way of the policy shift. Mr. Obama said he looked forward to engaging with lawmakers on ways to further his policy aims, but top Republicans signaled they would have little appetite for a rapprochement.

“Relations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom – and not one second sooner,” House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio).

December 17, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s announcement to shift U.S.-Cuban diplomatic relations and the release of a U.S. humanitarian aid worker from Cuba.  

“I am relieved that American aid worker Alan Gross is safely back in the U.S. after being unjustly imprisoned for years, but the policy changes announced today by the Obama Administration are deeply concerning.

November 18, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswomen Kay Granger (R-TX) and Nita Lowey (D-NY), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, issued a joint statement on the status of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear program.

“Congress imposed tough sanctions on Iran which resulted in severe economic consequences. The sanctions are what brought Iran to the negotiating table. This is the most significant progress the U.S. has ever made in confronting Iran on its nuclear program.