Last month I wrote a story about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's efforts to reform the way the military handles sexual assault, and I just wanted to update you on its status.
To remind you — the legislation would strip military commanders of any involvement in determining how rape and sexual assault cases are handled, turning them over to specialized military prosecutors.
An attempt to get a vote on it in the senate failed, as did a push to add the legislation as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which is expected to finally come to a vote tomorrow.
But it seems despite these two failed attempts, Gillibrand is going to continue forward to try and get the legislation voted on in the new year, according to www.lohud.com. She is optimistic and certain it will come to a vote, the website reported.
Texas' own U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has teamed up with Gillibrand, adding some bipartisan support to the bill. During a visit to Killeen on Dec. 3, he, too, said he will continue to push for reform on the military's handling of sexual assault cases.
Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.