MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today announced he has been appointed to a position on the influential Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) when the 116th Congress convenes in January.
The committee is key for Alabama, which is home to five military installations across the state that employ 8500 active duty service members and more than 23,000 civilians. More than 375,000 veterans, including 65,000 retirees, live in Alabama. In 2017, the Department of Defense spent $7.7 billion on contracts in Alabama. Alabama does not currently have any representation on the Senate committee.
“Alabama and its citizens have long played a significant role in our national defense, from building or maintaining ships and other vehicles to leading cutting-edge research and development to volunteering to serve in our armed forces. It is vital that we have a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee, a role that I am honored to be able to fill in the next Congress. I am committed to serving as Alabama’s advocate for a strong national defense, which also means a strong and prosperous economy in our state. I look forward to working with Chairman Inhofe and Ranking Member Reed to advocate for our service members and their families, and for a robust national defense posture that protects our interests at home and abroad,” said Senator Jones.
“Senator Jones is a tremendous advocate for Alabama and a true champion for our service members and their families. I am pleased to welcome him to the committee and know he’ll continue working on a bipartisan basis to help keep America strong militarily and economically,” said Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
In the new Congress, Senator Jones will remain on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee where he will continue to advocate for improved access to health care and quality educational opportunities for all Alabamians.
Senator Jones will also continue to serve on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the Senate Special Committee on Aging. He will no longer serve on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
For more information about SASC, please visit the committee website.