Washington, D.C. – The House Armed Services Committee has announced that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) has been selected by her colleagues on the Committee to serve as Vice-Chairman for the Subcommittee on Readiness.

“I am grateful to Chairman Thornberry and my colleagues on the Committee for the opportunity to serve in this important position,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The Readiness Subcommittee has extraordinary responsibility overseeing the budget for the Department of Defense. From this position, I will be able to work to undo the damaging effects that the sequester is having on our military readiness as well as bring a strong voice to protect and strengthen the interests of Fort Drum. I look forward to working closely with Subcommittee Chairman Rob Wittman on these important issues.”

“I am pleased to announce that Congresswoman Stefanik will be serving in this important position in the 114th Congress,” said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX-13).  “From day one, Congresswoman Stefanik has displayed a strong desire to advocate on behalf of the needs of the Department of Defense, and specifically Ft. Drum in New York’s 21st District. From her seat as Vice Chairman on the Readiness Subcommittee, she will be well positioned to help advance her goals and protect the capabilities of our armed forces.”

About the Readiness Subcommittee:

The Readiness Subcommittee is responsible for the single largest account within DOD’s budget. It oversees military readiness, training, logistics and maintenance issues and programs, military construction, installations and family housing issues, and the BRAC process. It also oversees civilian personnel, energy security, and environmental issues that affect DOD. The Readiness Subcommittee makes sure that our troops are properly trained and their equipment is properly maintained so they can succeed in their missions, and that they have the facilities and services they deserve when they return home.