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National Journal: Senate Will Debate Sexual-Assault Legislation by Mid-February

The National Journal reports:

The Senate over the next month will tackle legislation dealing with sexual assault in the military, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Monday.

“The Senate will also debate legislation to effectively prevent and punish sexual assault in the nation’s Armed Forces,” Reid said from the Senate floor.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill currently have dueling proposals on how to increase safeguards for sexual-assault victims. Gillibrand’s proposal would remove the chain of command’s power to decide whether sexual-assault cases are prosecuted.

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