Rand Paul, Ted Cruz Back Gillibrand’s Military Sexual Assault Proposal

Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have thrown their support behind Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) efforts to remove military sexual assault cases from the chain of command, Politico reported Tuesday.

Paul is scheduled to join Gillibrand and the bill’s other supporters to discuss his changed position at a press conference Tuesday in the Capitol, according to Politico. 

Gillibrand’s proposal was voted down in the Armed Services Committee in June. With 32 cosponsors already signed on to the measure, Paul and Cruz’s support bring the proposal closer to the 51 votes it would need to pass when it comes to another vote as early as next week.

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