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Cooper reports: "The Senate on Thursday rejected a controversial bipartisan bill to remove military commanders from decisions over the prosecution of sexual assault cases in the armed forces, delivering a defeat to advocacy groups that argued that wholesale changes are necessary to combat an epidemic of rapes and sexual assaults in the military."

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks about legislation regarding sexual assaults in the military at a Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. (photo: Larry Downing/Reuters)
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks about legislation regarding sexual assaults in the military at a Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill. (photo: Larry Downing/Reuters)


Senate Rejects Blocking Military Commanders From Sexual Assault Cases

By Helene Cooper, The New York Times

07 March 14

 

he Senate on Thursday rejected a controversial bipartisan bill to remove military commanders from decisions over the prosecution of sexual assault cases in the armed forces, delivering a defeat to advocacy groups that argued that wholesale changes are necessary to combat an epidemic of rapes and sexual assaults in the military.

The measure, pushed by Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, received 55 votes - five short of the 60 votes needed for advancement to a floor vote - after a fellow Democrat, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, led the charge to block its advancement. The vote came after a debate on the Senate floor filled with drama and accusations that Ms. Gillibrand and her allies were misguided.

"What Senator Gillibrand is doing is way off-base," said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, his voice rising. "It will not get us to the promised land of having fewer sexual assaults."

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+3 # seeuingoa 2014-03-07 11:09
Theº senators are fucking women again
and again.
What about for the women to fuck back.
Create a "sit on their faces" movement
where courageous women are assaulting
the senators sexually in the car park,
the drive-in in their homes, everywhere !
 
 
+9 # Regina 2014-03-07 11:36
I'm disgusted at Claire McCaskill's sellout to the good ol' boys. I have to ask, who bribed her? I urge Kirsten Gillibrand to work on consolidating support from other colleagues and reintroducing her bill when their support makes it more likely to gain the super-majority that our Constitution never intended to require.
 
 
+7 # bmiluski 2014-03-07 12:06
Whenever I hear of women doing what McCaskill did, I am reminded that we women are our worst enemies.
 
 
+5 # bcwik 2014-03-07 14:01
Why would the good ol boys want or need to change anything since what we have now is working so well?
At least it seems to be working for he perps. Does that count?
 
 
+1 # nice2bgreat 2014-03-07 17:15
Is it just standard now that 60 votes are needed?

Thanks Harry Reid for all your wisdom on filibuster reform.
 
 
+1 # elizabethblock 2014-03-08 15:21
I remember hearing a war resister, i.e. a former US soldier (in Canada), a woman, saying that the army held special educational sessions for the male soldiers, to explain to them why it was a bad idea for them to rape the female soldiers. Yup, rape culture. And obviously the military cannot, or will not, do anything about it.
I'm not making this up.
 

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