House votes to make sexual abuse of subordinates a new offense

It is one of a handful of amendments that members have proposed to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) dealing with sexual abuse. Frankel's language was approved by voice vote on an en bloc group of amendments — others included in that vote were from:

— Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR), requiring the Department of Defense (DOD) to issue a public report detailing all military munitions and training activities on islands in Puerto Rico.

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— Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), requiring the DOD to report to Congress whenever there is a meeting with DOD officials and civilians on the creation or enforcement of religious liberty regulations.

— Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), preventing Service Chiefs from ending military tuition assistance programs.

— Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), requiring a new Commission on Service to the Nation to hold meetings in Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories, in addition to the states.

— Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), allowing the transportation of military aircraft on a space-available basis for disabled veterans with a service-connected disability.

— Grayson, requiring the DOD to report to Congress on how sole source suppliers of components to the military create vulnerabilities to military or terrorist attack.

— Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), requiring the DOD to develop a plan with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for joint testing and training on unmanned aircraft systems.

— Michael McCaul (R-Texas), authorizes the DOD to coordinate with the DHS to identify and transfer equipment that could be used to secure the U.S. border.

— Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), requiring enhanced reporting on military contracting by small businesses and a plan to boost small business involvement.

— Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), requiring the DOD to report to Congress on efforts to make more efficient use of underused facilities.

— McCaul, authorizing the transfer of Tethered Aerostat Radar Systems from the DOD to the DHS.

— Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), requiring the DOD to establish areas known as "Southern Sea Otter Military Readiness Areas" for national defense purposes.

— Brownley, adding a sense of Congress that the federal and state governments should make the transition from the Armed Forces to civilian life as seamless as possible.

— Fitzpatrick, requiring the DOD to study the impact of Veteran Owned Small Business contracting on veterans' unemployment and entrepreneurship.

— McCaul, including "border security activities" to the list of preferred applications the DOD considers when moving property to other agencies.

— Michael Turner (R-Ohio), clarifying the authority of the DOD to enter into understandings with entities on the use of airspace.

— Turner, adding a sense of Congress on DOD cooperation with the Georgian government.

— Turner, increasing the authorization from $2 million to $4 million that Defense labs can spend on minor military construction.

— Bilirakis, authorizing the secretary of the Navy to designate a site in the Washington Navy Yard for a memorial to military divers.

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