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McCaskill: Why Does A Disagreement Between Two Women Get So Much Attention?

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While she disagrees with Gillibrand on how best to tackle the problem of sexual assault in the nation's armed forces, McCaskill maintained that she can still collaborate with her fellow Democrat on the issue.

"We have worked together on this subject, and we'll continue to work together," she said.

McCaskill's bill would keep prosecution on sexual assault cases within the military chain of command, while Gillibrand's proposed legislation would remove serious crimes from military commanders' control and assign an independent prosecutor in cases of rape.