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Gillibrand’s legislation will require individuals convicted of sexual assault to face dishonorable discharge, among other measures.
The White House has expressed support for the legislation, which provides $552.1 billion for the regular military budget and $80.7 billion for the war in Afghanistan and other overseas operations. The bill covers combat pay, ships, aircraft and bases and would give military personnel a 1% raise. The House passed the bill last week on a bipartisan vote.
The legislation also would strip military commanders of their ability to overturn jury convictions; require a civilian review if a commander declines to prosecute a case; require any individual convicted of sexual assault face a dishonorable discharge or dismissal; provide victims with legal counsel; eliminate the statute of limitations for courts-martial in rape and sexual assault cases; criminalize retaliation against victims who report a sexual assault; and limit intrusive questioning of victims.