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Topic - Kirsten Gillibrand
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is among 10 senators seeking new federal funding to battle campus sexual assaults.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is urging the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to upgrade contingency plans for oil spills in New York and New Jersey.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is headed to a women's rights landmark to promote programs designed to help women in the workplace.
Citing a non-scientific survey of sexual assault in the military, the Pentagon issued a flawed report, which claimed that 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted last year.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to keep open 250 offices nationwide that help farmers. Ten of those offices are in New York state.
The tumult over how to stop sexual assaults in the U.S. military is a long way from over as Congress grapples to find legislative solutions and new details emerge about a high-profile case involving an Army general and a female captain under his command.
Senators rallied behind significant changes in military law to curb rape and sexual assault within the ranks, approving steps to protect the victims and barring the "good soldier defense" to ensure evidence alone determines a defendant's fate.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-stehn JIHL'-uh-brand) wants to lessen the financial load of childcare, which she says is unaffordable.
The Senate agreed Thursday to begin debating a proposal to better protect victims of sexual assault in the military, but rejected broader changes that would have turned prosecution decisions over to an independent military lawyer.
The Senate on Thursday blocked a bill that would have stripped senior military commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses, capping an emotional, nearly yearlong fight over how best to curb sexual assault in the ranks.
Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted the growing role of women in Congress.
The Senate agreed Thursday to begin debating a proposal to better protect victims of sexual assault in the military but rejected broader changes that would have turned prosecution decisions over to an independent military lawyer.
The Senate is heading for a showdown over contentious legislation to curb sexual assaults in the military by taking away the authority of senior commanders to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has only 55 senators signed on so far, but she said Sunday she's confident her proposal to strip military commanders of their power to prosecute sexual assault cases will get enough support to clear a threatened filibuster.
A senator who's led efforts in Congress to address military sexual crimes says she thinks she has the votes to pass legislation that would remove commanders from sexual assault investigations.
"Having an advocate for every victim is very meaningful, but they need a meaningful role within the legal system and that is something we need to keep working on going forward," she said.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat who has been among the most outspoken congressional critics of the military's handling of sexual assault cases, said that SVCs have told her privately that they sometimes urge victims not to report, especially if they had been drinking at the time of the sexual encounter.