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. –Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the passing of Congressman Mark Takai (HI-01):
“I am heartbroken by the passing of my dear colleague Congressman Mark Takai, after his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. I send my deepest condolences to Mark’s wife, Sami, their children, his family and loved ones. I will keep Mark’s family in my thoughts and prayers as we share in their grief of his loss.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, will visit Warrior Foundation Freedom Station in San Diego, CA Saturday, July 16th at 11:00 a.m. PST to learn about and discuss services that assist U.S. veterans transitioning into civilian life and that are coping with PTSD. Rep. Sanchez will be joined by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island who continues to advocate for mental health awareness and services for our veterans.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement in response to the attack in Nice, France that killed at least 84 people, including 10 children and teens, and wounded 202 people, 25 of which are now in a coma:
“I send my deepest condolences to the families whose loved ones were killed or wounded in this inhumane and despicable attack, which targeted revelers proudly celebrating liberté, égalité, fraternité on the 227th anniversary of Bastille Day.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in response to International Tribunal’s ruling on Chinese activities in the South China Sea:
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, has been formally appointed to the conference committee on the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Rep. Sanchez to work to negotiate a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the NDAA.