Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
STATEMENT, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Morris, 202-225-2965, Emily.Morris@mail.house.gov
REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ STATEMENT ON IRAN DETAINING U.S. NAVY SAILORS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement following reports that ten U.S. Navy Sailors have been detained by Iran.
“Iran must release our U.S. Navy sailors immediately. I understand that the naval crafts experienced mechanical issues which led the naval crafts into Iranian waters.
“However, as long as Iran continues to detain the ten U.S. sailors, it will further threaten the already fragile relations between the U.S. and Iran: specifically the recently signed Iran nuclear deal.
“Congress needs to be briefed as soon as possible on the details of this incident and how the U.S. will secure the safe return of our sailors.
“Transparency from the administration about how this incident was able to happen will allow us to determine how to proceed with Iran going forward.”
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 as the second ranked Democrat on the Committee on Homeland Security.