Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
STATEMENT, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Solish, 202-226-8373, Barb.Solish@mail.house.gov
REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ HAILS PASSAGE OF NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, today voted in support of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the House with a 350-69 vote.
The bill includes sweeping reforms to stop the epidemic of sexual assaults in the military, including Rep. Sanchez’s Track it to Prevent it Act. The bill also contains good government programs to stop wasteful spending. However, the bill cut a provision to disclose the cost of the nuclear weapons program.
“Today I voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, a bipartisan bill that reflects the needs of our troops while keeping the Department of Defense accountable for wasteful spending.
“I am especially proud that my Track it to Prevent It Act was included in the bill, which will help curb sexual assaults in the military by holding commanders accountable for their unit’s climate. Requiring commanders to include sexual harassment in performance evaluations will help prevent potential future misconduct.
“Funding decisions are always difficult, but as Ranking Member I have worked diligently with my subcommittee to fund essential programs and cut where necessary. I am glad we were able to make needed investments in the National Guard and Reserve Account as well as Army National Guard tank upgrades. Additionally, the bill includes $746 million targeted spending reductions and enacts oversight provisions over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and body armor programs to monitor spending and prevent waste of taxpayer dollars.
“Unfortunately, the bill cut out a previous provision that would have disclosed the annual cost of our nuclear weapons program, including spending on personnel. Withholding this information is unnecessary and a disservice to taxpayers.”