January 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) has been chosen as ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations.

“I am honored to have a leadership role on this subcommittee. Oversight is one of Congress’s most important roles, and I’m eager to take on this challenge. The Department of Defense keeps us safe every day, but there has been a litany of projects exposing weaknesses in acquisition and procurement. I will use this position to root out waste, fraud, and inefficiency at the Pentagon, so that taxpayers can be sure they are getting the value they deserve for their money.

“From the ill-conceived Littoral Combat Ship, to excessive prices for spare parts, to wasteful practices with ammunition, I have worked to eliminate unnecessary military programs. We have to make smart investments to keep our nation and our troops safe, not race to spend the most and get the least in return. We also need to be sure our military secrets, like plans for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, cannot be stolen by hackers and foreign governments.

“This appointment will also be a powerful tool in our ongoing fight to protect whistleblowers and prevent sexual assault in the military. I am eager to work with Chairman Thornberry, Ranking Member Smith, and Chairwoman Hartzler on all of these issues.”