Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 4, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Solish, 202-226-8373, Barb.Solish@mail.house.gov
REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ ENCOURAGES PASSAGE OF FY15 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 spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act.
“An important role of the Armed Services Committee is to conduct an aggressive oversight of the hundreds of billions that the Department of Defense (DOD) spends each year. And while the DOD needs strong funding support from Congress, there are still a lot of areas of wasteful spending, areas that need to be cut, areas where more funding might be needed than requested in the budget. And I am pleased that this final NDAA includes numerous measures to reduce or restrict funding for DOD programs that are behind schedule, not performing, or judged to be of lower priority. In the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, in this part of the bill, there are almost $800 million in funding reductions to such programs and we did that in a bipartisan manner.
“There’s also oversight legislation on critical programs. The final bill provides funding for the President’s budget level for most major programs, including more than $8 billion for the F-35 aircraft [and] also for research and development on that aircraft.
“And finally, the NDAA also includes significant funding in high-priority areas. For example, the Growler aircraft [will receive an additional] $450 million, an additional $98 million for an additional MQ-9 aircraft, an additional $103 million for helicopters for our Army National Guard and an additional $382 million for Army ground vehicles.
“Also, I am very pleased that my provisions to further integrate women into the military were included in this final bill. I strongly urge the Department of Defense to ensure that there are no delays in expanding opportunities for female service members who are out there on the front line.”
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California’s 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, and parts of the cities of Garden Grove and Orange in Orange County. She serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and the second ranked Democrat on the Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. Sanchez is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and sits on the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Economic Committee.