I join Senator Gillibrand in asking for the Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act to move forward.
We’re told that the bill will be considered by the Armed Services Committee as part of the NDAA.
That’s not a good reason to deny consideration as a stand-alone bill on the floor.
The Armed Services Committee unfortunately has a track record of gutting provisions that they don’t like, even after the provision receives the votes to be included.
I recall when there was bipartisan support in the House and Senate to prevent cuts to the Air National Guard.
The provision was included in the House and Senate NDAA, but was quietly struck from the conference report.
This legislation is needed now.
Far too many women and men in the armed forces are sexually assaulted, and most never see justice.
Rates of retaliation are too high, and prosecutions are too low.
This approach is supported by President Biden, an independent commission at the Pentagon and Secretary Austin.
It also has the votes to pass as a standalone bill in the Senate.
It’s time for the legislation to finally move forward, and I urge my colleagues to allow it to proceed.