February 9, 2006  


Granger Statement on Wright Amendment News Stories


WASHINGTON, D.C.-Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-Fort Worth) today responded to media reports about Senators Hutchison and Cornyn working on a proposal that would affect the Wright Amendment.

"The suggestion of a regional transportation authority has been mentioned for nearly a decade. What everyone should keep in mind in this whole discussion is the economic health of our communities and this region. Anything that hurts DFW Airport hurts our economy. Furthermore, we have two airlines -- American and Southwest -- headquartered here. The airport and those two airlines account for over 200,000 jobs.  We would be crazy to endanger those jobs. Those of us who serve in the Congress and Senate should work with the local leadership to make sure we strengthen, not dilute, our economy before we consider any change."

Granger serves on the Appropriations Committee and the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. She also serves as a Deputy Majority Whip. Granger is the first and only female Republican to serve in the Texas House delegation. Granger represents the 12th District of Texas and is currently serving her fifth term in Congress.