Granger fights anti-Semitism, vice chairs Defense subcommittee

It has been a busy year for Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas). Granger recently told The Ripon Society that two highlights from this year include her work fighting anti-Semitism and being the first woman appointed as vice chairwoman for the Defense appropriation subcommittee.

In September, Granger’s work helped the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously pass a resolution condemning the rise of anti-Semitism around the world.

Crimes against the Jewish people have been increasing. Murder at Jewish sites is on the rise, as well as death threats, violence and vandalism such as graffiti and arson. Granger helped write the resolution, solidifying the United States’ position against this increased hatred.

“We must ensure the world views such actions for what they are, the vile and hate-fueled persecution of an entire people, rather than an acceptable expression of frustration with political events in the Middle East or anywhere else,” Granger and other lawmakers wrote. “The United States must continue to play an essential role in shining a spotlight on the ugly resurgence of anti-Semitism, as well as all forms of religious discrimination.”

Twelve groups supported the resolution, including the Anti-Defamation League, and the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies.

In January, Granger took on extra responsibilities when she was appointed as vice chairwoman of the Defense appropriation subcommittee.

“As an active member on the subcommittee, I understand and appreciate the critical role this subcommittee has within the defense and intelligence communities, and the responsibility to advocate for our men and women in uniform,” Granger said. “The world is a very dangerous place and we face serious international challenges. It is vital to our national security interest that we maintain a robust national defense to meet the needs of our country and that of our allies.”

As vice chairwoman, Granger and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), Defense subcommittee chairman, will work together designing a budget for the almost $1 billion dollar defense spending allocation.