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. – Today, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, stood up for Syrian refugees on the House floor. Congresswoman Sanchez spoke on the floor and voted against the GOP’s “America SAFE Act of 2015” H.R. 4038, an impractical bill that would result in shutting down the Syrian refugee program for years.
“This restrictive and misguided legislation would immediately shut down current refugee resettlement and cripple our refugee programs in the future,” said Congresswoman Sanchez.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, released the following statement regarding the recent terrorist attacks on Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, as well as the death of a California State University, Long Beach student, Nohemi Gonzalez, in the Paris attacks:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, which falls on November 11th this year:
“As we celebrate Veterans Day, let us remember the words of President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, ‘To us in America, the reflection of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory…’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the revised National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016:
“I am proud of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee elements of this bill.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in response to the news of a devastating rocket attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq.
“I strongly condemn the severe missile attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq. The United States must work with the Iraqi Government to guarantee the safety and protection of the unarmed residents of Camp Liberty.