Congresswoman Sanchez is committed to protecting America and its citizens at home and abroad. She has been a staunch supporter of the men and women in uniform who so bravely serve our nation bravely. Congresswoman Sanchez currently serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces having oversight of all Army and Air Force programs. Congresswoman Sanchez is also a member of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, overseeing our nation’s strategic weapons, ballistic missile defense, space programs, and Department of Energy national security programs.
In this capacity, Rep. Sanchez has fought to ensure that our military men and women are properly prepared and equipped for today’s complex and ever-changing threat environment. Congresswoman Sanchez continues to support policies that enhance our soldiers’ safety and improve national security. Congresswoman Sanchez has pushed for financial reforms and looked at ways to balance the budget. Over 50% of our discretionary budget is allocated to defense. As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, she has continuously called on the Department of Defense to find and eliminate wasteful spending. We must maintain our military advantage, but oversight and accountability on the country’s major air and land defense programs will yield critical savings. Congresswoman Sanchez voted against the Iraq War, which has shown to be one of the most expensive foreign policy blunders in American history.
In addition, Rep Sanchez has helped local businesses in the defense industry by assisting them in bidding for defense subcontracts. During her tenure in Congress, Rep. Sanchez has brought more than $80 million in defense spending back to California.
As the founder and Co-Chair of the Women in the Military Caucus, Congresswoman Sanchez advocates for female service members to serve in combat roles and fights to stamp out sexual assault in the armed forces. She successfully passed a long-shot bill that updated the sexual assault provisions in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, as well as a bill to create a sexual assault database.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is the most senior female member of the House Homeland Security Committee, where she has served since the committee’s inception. Dedicated to keeping America safe, Congresswoman Sanchez has emerged as an expert on intelligence and counterterrorism issues. A strong leader in securing America’s border without compromising our citizen’ civil rights, Congresswoman Sanchez frequently appears on MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX News, and other national media outlets to discuss economic development and trade along the U.S.-Mexico border.
For almost two decades, Congresswoman Sanchez has acquired unparalleled experience and she is well equipped to provide guidance on critical issues, including combating the trafficking of people, weapons, and drugs. She has also ensured inter-agency cooperation on national security issues.
As a member of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, Rep. Sanchez provides strict oversight on securing our borders. Congresswoman Sanchez guided key maritime security provisions through Congress in the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act (SAFE PORT ACT) of 2006. This legislation has been instrumental in providing economic stability through the secure movement of goods in California. As a result, she has received the powerful endorsements of leading maritime trade unions, including the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.), the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) and the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific (SUP). Rep. Sanchez will continue to support the efforts of our intelligence, economic development and homeland security agencies as a U.S. Senator.