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.