Today should be a conversation about one the survey questions about rape and sexual assault. I've had a busy week. Just in case you've missed it, I have been wrapped up in a military community issue:
But rather than drop the conversation all together, I thought I would bring a quick and dirty update on Senator Gillbrand's attempts to change the way the command structure in the military handles rape and sexual assault via the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA). For those of you who don't know, she has diligently worked to bring this legislation before the Senate - both as a stand alone bill and as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill.
Today we learn that Senator Harry Reid will allow the vote to go forward in January. A stand alone vote.
Gillibrand’s measure, called the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), is expected to see a vote as a stand-alone measure on the Senate floor after the body reconvenes in January, following the holiday recess. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has signed on to Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act, despite the opposition of the Pentagon.
So, what do you think? Will the bill pass? And, if it does, will it make a difference?
And this series will be taking a break until January. Holidays and writing don't mix very well. I'm sure you will understand.