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Senate Blocks Bill To Overhaul Prosecution Of Rape In The Military


The Military Justice Improvement Act has been a flashpoint in the super-charged debate about how to stem the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. It would have set up an independent prosecutor's office to deal with rape and other serious crimes that aren't unique to the military.

The Pentagon vociferously opposed the proposal, insisting that it would undermine commanders. Proponents pointed to the military's notorious failure to address the issue, contending that the chain of command was central to the problem.

The bill scrambled party lines, losing Democrats like Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) while picking up the votes of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY).