Defense (Committee Member)
As Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, Congresswoman Sanchez understands the importance of maintaining a strong military. In her role, Congresswoman Sanchez oversees our nation’s strategic weapons, ballistic missile defense, space programs, and Department of Energy national security programs. The Congresswoman also a senior member of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.
As the most senior female member on the House Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Sanchez is committed to providing our service members with a safe environment, free of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2005, the Congresswoman successfully revised Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to include a meaningful sexual assault statute that protects victims, empowers prosecutors, and creates a zero-tolerance policy toward sexual assault and abuse. In the 2009 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congresswoman Sanchez successfully lobbied for the development of the Sexual Assault Database, which will increase public awareness of the issues surrounding sexual abuse in the military and encourage accountability and responsibility within each armed service branch. In 2013, Congresswoman Sanchez's Track it to Prevent it Act, which tracks servicemen and women with histories of sexual harassment to prevent further misconduct, was successfully included in the 2014 NDAA.
Congresswoman Sanchez will continue fighting to prepare our service members for the multidimensional tasks they will face in the years ahead, including the growing missile and nuclear threat. She will continue to promote polices that enhance service member safety and advance America's ongoing national security goals.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the Homeland Security Committee, released the following statement on today’s Full Committee markup in the House Committee on Homeland Security. Sanchez’s DHS Human Trafficking Prevention Act of 2016 successfully passed in Full Committee markup today. Along with Sanchez’s human trafficking bill, six bills encompassing the recommendations made by the Task Force on Combatting Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel, which Rep. Sanchez served as Democratic Lead on, also passed.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, served as Ranking Member and delivered the opening statement during today’s hearing on “Afghanistan in 2016: The Evolving Security Situation and U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Posture.” Rep. Sanchez questioned General Campbell about his outlook on Afghanistan’s ability to retain and sustain an effective Afghan force, and whether we can avoid and prevent another situation, like Iraq, where U.S.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, spoke on the House floor to highlight and call for international action on the massive starvation crisis in Madaya, Syria.
Congresswoman Sanchez’s floor speech as prepared for delivery is below:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in order to bring attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Madaya, Syria.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement commemorating the 7th anniversary of the Wounded Warrior Act, which was passed in the 2008 NDAA.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) yesterday called on Army leaders to restore Women Airforce Service Pilots’ (WASPs) burial eligibility at Arlington National Cemetery. Rep. Sanchez is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan Women Airforce Service Pilot Arlington Inurnment Restoration Act H.R. 4336, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ).
Speaking from the House floor yesterday, Rep. Sanchez said, “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the female pilots who served during World War II, known as the Women Airforce Service Pilots or WASPs.