For Immediate Release
June 19, 2014
DC – Bill Silverfarb (202) 225-3531 / (202) 957-4340 cell
CA – Katrina Rill (650) 342-0300 / (650) 208-7441 cell
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued the following statement after her amendment was approved that prohibits funds to implement a provision of Executive Order 13369 from going into effect for the 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 4870. The Executive Order would have allowed Military Rule of Evidence 412 to be admissible in Article 32 preliminary proceedings to allow a sexual assault victim’s previous sexual history to be heard.
“The President’s Executive Order usurps and reverses the progress Congress has made in reforming Article 32 proceedings. It explicitly allows survivors to be subjected to indecent and degrading questions even before the court-martial would start,” Congresswoman Speier said. “Shockingly, this Order doubled down on a harmful rule and would have allowed case-destroying evidence to be admissible in preliminary hearings. I am thankful for the bipartisan support needed to prohibit this destructive Order.”
Nancy Parrish, President of Protect Our Defenders, said: “We applaud Congresswoman Speier for addressing the travesty of this Executive Order and the unconscionable impact this would have had on our service members. We applaud her courage and leadership.”
View the introduction of the amendment and floor vote here.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier is proud to represent California’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. She is a senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). In her role on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Congresswoman is a ranking member on the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements and serves on the Subcommittee on National Security. She serves on the Readiness Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on HASC and is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Congresswoman Speier was appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the Democratic caucus in the 113th Congress.