McCaskill To Military: ‘We’ve Only Just Begun To Hold Your Feet To The Fire’

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Wednesday signed on to Sen. Carl Levin’s (D-MI) proposal stripping a measure from the Defense Authorization Act that would remove decisions in sexual assault cases from the military chain of command, but warned the armed forces that this wouldn’t be the final hearing on the issue.

“I know there will be those that think Sen. Gillibrand and I don’t agree” on military assault, McCaskill said in an Armed Services Committee hearing. “But we are not gonna give up focusing on this problem. One word of advice to the military: don’t think this is over once this defense authorization bill becomes law. Because we’ve just begun. We’ve just begun to hold your feet to the fire.”


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