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Roll Call: Gillibrand, McCaskill Resume Military Sexual-Assault Debate

Roll Call reports:

Senators are gearing up for a pre-recess floor battle on how to best respond to sexual assault in the armed forces.

The newest round kicked off Thursday with the two camps, led by Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, holding dueling press events on the sexual-assault issue.

First, Gillibrand appeared with a number of fellow senators and sexual-assault survivors at a televised news conference. The timing was such that reporters who did not leave the event on the fourth floor of the Russell Building early missed much of the pen-and-pad briefing with McCaskill and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

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