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 Margaret CollinsBipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program A bipartisan bridge opens between the House and Senate Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE (R-Maine) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) co-sponsored the amendment.

Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayA bipartisan bridge opens between the House and Senate Overnight Health Care: ObamaCare sign-ups surge in early days Collins, Manchin to serve as No Labels co-chairs 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.