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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“The NDAA is historically a bipartisan bill that passes with bipartisan support. Unfortunately this year, the Republicans have decided to further fund the Department of Defense (DoD) at the cost of better education, healthcare and housing for the American people.
“I would first like to thank Chairman Thornberry and Ranking Member Smith for providing excellent leadership during this process. The Chairman’s mark provides crucial funding for our men and women in uniform and will ensure our military will continue to operate at top levels. For example, $496 billion is allocated for the Department of Defense (DOD) base budget, with $89.2 billion for overseas contingency operations (OCO). The defense authorization also ensures a pay raise of 2.3 percent for military personal and maintains spending for basic housing allowance.
“Thank you again for your testimonies. I represent the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam in the world in Orange County, California, and as I’ve said we have always had our eyes out to what has been going on out in the Asian countries and Pacific region. Last year, Vietnam and U.S. agreed to ease its lethal weapons embargo on Vietnam in order to improve maritime security and to address the ongoing conflict in regards to islands and East Sea.”
“Iran’s nuclear program is not only a threat to the region but to the international community. While a framework for a deal has been developed and recognizing that it is a positive sign, nothing has been signed and Iran’s nuclear program continues to exist.
“Though this is only the beginning, we must ensure Iran lives up to its part of the deal. Inspectors must have full access and verification is essential to this framework. We must proceed with caution and not be quick to repeal all sanctions, as they have been our most effective tool.
“Yesterday, I voted against a budget that aims to defund critical programs that are crucial for our student’s futures, our veterans returning home from war and our hard working families trying to feed their children.