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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HANOI, VIETNAM - The biggest challenge to President Barack Obama’s attempt to improve ties while visiting Vietnam this week is the communist nation’s dismal record on human rights.
Some residents can't practice their religion. Other activists aren’t allowed to run for political office. And an increasing number of bloggers face retribution for calling for more freedom and transparency. All told, human rights group say, nearly 100 dissidents are behind bars in Vietnam.
WASHINGTON --The floor of the U.S. House of Representatives descended into brief chaos Thursday morning following the defeat of an amendment on religious freedom.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam, released the following statement after her amendment, which expresses a Sense of Congress that increased military relations with Vietnam should be contingent on Vietnam's commitment to implement human rights reforms, was successfully included in the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act which the House passed last night.
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama appears poised to begin selling weapons to an old enemy and a new friend: Vietnam.
Obama, who will embark this weekend on his first trip to the Communist country, is weighing an end to a United States’ ban on selling weapons that started in 1975 at the close of the Vietnam War, which left nearly 60,000 Americans dead and scarred a generation.
President Obama is considering broadly expanding weapons sales to Vietnam in a move aimed at strengthening ties with Hanoi and boosting regional defenses against China's growing clout.
As Obama prepares to visit Vietnam this weekend, U.S. officials say he is leaning toward a partial lift - but has not ruled out a full suspension - of the ban on arms sales begun during the U.S. war in Vietnam and eased slightly in 2014.