Granger Votes Against Defense Authorization Bill

Critical military funding legislation includes controversial “Hate Crimes” bill


Washington, DC. – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-Fort Worth) today voted against the National Defense Authorization Bill for FY 2010 because it contains controversial “hate crimes” legislation that is not germane to the funding of our armed forces.

 “It’s indefensible that the Defense Authorization Bill, which should exclusively support our troops, is instead being used as a vehicle for a controversial social policy that goes against the principles of my constituents,” said Granger.

Granger believes that all criminals should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of existing law without labels and, similarly, victims should be protected to the fullest extent of the law.  Granger believes this should not happen in the Defense Authorization Bill.

“To use our troops as political pawns is irresponsible and sets a dangerous precedent,” continued Granger, who has voted for every Defense Authorization bill since she has been in Congress.  “I do not approve of our bravest sons and daughters being used to move a social agenda forward.”