WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) was yesterday appointed by House Speaker John Boehner to serve on the House Armed Services Committee.

“I am honored that Speaker Boehner, with Leader Pelosi’s endorsement, appointed me to serve on the critically important House Armed Services Committee. With this assignment comes great responsibility to protect the security of our nation, support our military service men and women, and also ensure that the funds we dedicate to national defense are used appropriately and strategically,” said Congresswoman Speier.

 “Congresswoman Speier has dedicated her career to public service – to defending the rights of workers and consumers, to fighting for our children and families, to securing our nation,” Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said. “Her work to defend our nation, strengthen our military, and ensure the safety and security of the American people will continue as a Member of the Armed Services Committee.”

Ranking Member Adam Smith welcomed Congresswoman Speier to the committee this morning. “I would like to congratulate Congresswoman Jackie Speier for joining the House Armed Services Committee. Congresswoman Speier will be a great addition to the committee and I look forward to working with her as we continue to provide our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to protect our nation and the benefits that they deserve for their service.”

 “We have the best military in the world, but we cannot simply spend our way to strength while cutting critical social safety net programs, education, and infrastructure spending. I will work with my committee colleagues to root out military waste and inefficiencies while continuing support for our brave military members, their families, and our veterans. I will also continue stressing the harm that the epidemic of military sexual assault poses to unit cohesiveness and also promote justice for all service members. I look forward to working with my colleagues to fix the existing seriously flawed system,” said Speier.