Joint Explanatory Statement to Accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014by Representative Jackie Walorski
Posted on 2013-12-12
WALORSKI. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this National
Defense Authorization Act.
This year's act includes historic reforms to address the growing epidemic of military sexual assault that is shamefully tarnishing the reputation of our Armed Forces. I want to thank Representative Loretta Sanchez for assisting me with a bipartisan provision that extended whistleblower protections to victims to ensure they cannot be retaliated against for reporting sexual assault. This commonsense measure will create an environment for safe reporting and encourage victims to come forward without fear of retribution within their own ranks.
Passing the NDAA with these critical reforms is a step in the right direction toward eradicating the horrific problem of military sexual assault in the military. I urge my colleagues to support this bill and quickly sign it into law so that our servicemembers have whistleblower protection. I urge my colleagues to vote for this NDAA.