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Gillibrand and Hawley Crew Up on Army Sexual Assault Invoice

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One of the vital fascinating new alliances within the Senate lately is between Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, and Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, who’ve been working collectively on the Senate Armed Companies Committee on potential options to sexual assault within the army.

Mr. Hawley has repeatedly praised Ms. Gillibrand for her work on the difficulty culminating in bipartisan laws to vary the way in which these crimes are dealt with. Ms. Gillibrand has usually sought out Mr. Hawley, a first-term lawmaker and vocal supporter of former President Donald J. Trump, immediately for such work, regardless that the 2 are on reverse ends of almost all issues political.

The 2 are planning on Tuesday to introduce a invoice designed to enhance one of many army’s sexual assault response coordinators, which got here below scrutiny after the killing of a soldier at Fort Hood, and an ensuing report that confirmed many members of the coordination workforce lacked coaching to assist victims of assault.

Below their measure, the Protection Division must extra rigorously consider the applications and report their findings to Congress, and enhance coaching and different sources to professionalize the army justice system. It’s one of some initiatives Ms. Gillibrand and Mr. Hawley have joined collectively on — and attracted bipartisan assist for — to try to make the army extra accountable.

“This laws would help the Division of Protection in figuring out subsequent steps to professionalize the function of Sexual Assault Response Coordinator all through all branches of the army,” Mr. Hawley mentioned in an announcement.

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