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), released a statement commemorating Women’s Equality Day, on the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which guaranteed America’s women the right to vote.
“On the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment we reflect on the women whose dedication and vision shaped our history for the better but recommit ourselves to ending the inequality women still face in the workplace and the military and attacks on women’s health.
WASHINGTON, D.C.–Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), the second ranked Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and the founder and chair of the Women in the Military Caucus today released the following statement:
"I congratulate First Lt. Kristen Griest and First Lt. Shaye Haver, who today will become the first women ever to graduate from the Army's elite Ranger School. I also applaud the news that the Navy is planning to open its SEAL teams to qualified women who can pass the legendary and grueling training,
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea and senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, marking the day the Korean War ceasefire agreement was signed on July 27, 1953:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), founder and co-chair of the Women in the Military Caucus and senior member of the House Armed Services committee, today released the following statement in response to the White House’s announcement that the Defense Department will review security measures at military facilities after the attacks on military recruitment centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and House Homeland Security Committee, today issued the following statement on the killing of four marines at military recruitment centers in Tennessee yesterday:
“The slaying of our brave military personnel who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our nation is unconscionable.
“Our courageous men and women in uniform put their lives on the line each day to protect our country and it is our duty as a nation to protect them in return.