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Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) was joined by Reps. Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), John Katko (R-NY), Susan Davis (D-CA), and Anthony Brown (D-MD) in introducing H.R. 1032, bipartisan legislation protecting the rights of transgender individuals who are qualified and meet standards to join and also serve openly in the armed services. The bill introduction follows on the heels of a Supreme Court decision that allowed the Department of Defense to implement President Trump’s discriminatory ban on open transgender service. Sen.
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) on Wednesday issued the following statement in response to her appointment as Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Congressman David Valadao (R-CA) today announced the creation of the bipartisan Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Demining Caucus to support life-saving programs to remove ordnance, mines, and other explosive remnants of war left on battlefields around the world. Caucus co-chairs Speier and Valadao are joined by 12 colleagues dedicated to making the Caucus an example of bipartisan cooperation and commonsense efforts that will save lives and bolster America’s commitment to humanitarian assistance and human rights.
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee; Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who serves on the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee; and Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX); sent a bicameral letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis requesting information about President Trump's decision to deploy more than 5,000 active duty military personnel to the southwest border.
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) and 13 of her colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling for a fundamental change to U.S.-Saudi relations in the wake of the murder of US-resident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) and Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) sent a letter to U.S. Army leadership today calling for the rapid public release of a study on the Army’s lessons learned from the Iraq War. Then-Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno commissioned the study in 2013. Odierno intended it to be unclassified and released quickly to ensure that the Iraq War was fresh in the minds of the military and that its lessons could be applied to future battles.
San Mateo, CA – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement in response to the disturbing results of the DefCon 26 Voting Village, part of an annual hacking conference held in Las Vegas from August 9-12th. Rep. Speier sent a member of her staff to the conference to find out firsthand the extent of the danger Russia and other foreign and domestic adversaries pose to our electoral system.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) today congratulated the military services on their decision to adopt random jury selection in military trials in order to guard against undue influence. During debate in the House Armed Services Committee over the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Rep. Speier introduced an amendment that would have had this effect, though it failed along party lines.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) announced her support today for passage of H.R. 5515, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) was joined Thursday by Representatives John Duncan (R-TN), Jason Lewis (R-MN), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) in introducing H.R. 6296, the Return Expenses Paid and Yielded (REPAY) Act. The REPAY Act seeks to close a loophole in the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process that has allowed wealthy nations to avoid reimbursing taxpayers billions of dollars.