Democratic Senators to Face Off on Military Sexual Assault Reform

Posted May 25, 2016 at 8:52am

NBC News  reports that “two Democratic senators could be gearing up for an ideological rematch on the best ways to curb sexual assaults in the U.S. military.”  

“Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said Tuesday she will reintroduce a bill that would remove the decision of whether to prosecute military sexual assaults from the military chain of command — a legislative effort which failed to move forward in 2014 after being opposed by the Pentagon.”  

“Pushing the bill again may put Gillibrand at odds with Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who argues that reforming the military from within is the best path to change. She says the Pentagon has made strides in stemming sexual assault in part due to legislation she sponsored that was passed that same year.”