Gillibrand said nearly one-third of those who commit a sex crime in the military remain in military service because branches have different ways of handling the situation.

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“Sexual violence in the military continues to occur at an alarming rate,” Gillibrand said on the floor Wednesday. “If one-third of sex offenders in the military are being retained, then clearly we must move forward.”

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsThe Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Energy: Lawmakers work toward deal on miners’ benefits Schumer: Senate Russia probe moving too slowly MORE (R-Maine) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) co-sponsored the amendment.

Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurraySenate confirms Labor Secretary Acosta Dems unveil bill targeting LGBT harassment on college campuses Trump said he would create ‘more jobs and better wages’ — he can start with federal contractors MORE (D-Wash.) introduced Amendment 3099, which she said improves the mental health and suicide services provided by the Department of Defense.

Murray said the bill sets up a suicide prevention program across the department, provides peer counseling and extends mental health services to the family of service members.

The Senate continues to consider amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 3254, Wednesday.

—This article was updated at 3:40 p.m.