Military Sexual Assault legislation
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill have made it their mission to address the growing problem of sexual assault in the US military by each offering their own amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act. Both bills would curtail the role of Commanding Officers in sexual assault cases. Unfortunately, the Republican leadership has also moved to block changes. The ability of Commanding Officers to veto judicial decisions or ease punishments should be eliminated. (See “Rape in the US Military” http://voices.yahoo.com/rape-us-military-12153606.html?cat=17 for a more detailed discussion on the subject by this writer.) As such, Republicans should allow this vote to go through and all members of Congress should focus on supporting some meaningful reform.
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