The Republican senator objected to the unanimous consent request.
Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) said Wednesday that removing military commanders from the process of reporting military sexual assaults would “weaken” their effectiveness.
“I believe we will make the most progress on this issue by including commanders,” Reed said on the Senate floor. “I believe commanders have to be involved in every step.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) made her pitch Wednesday on the Senate floor for her military sexual assault amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
S. 1197 authorizes more than $625 billion in defense spending for the Pentagon. Some protections for victims of sexual assault were included during committee markup of the NDAA, such as providing a lawyer for victims and criminalizing retaliation against victims who report assaults. But Gillibrand and most of the other female senators have said the underlying bill doesn’t go far enough.
Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) renewed their call for filibuster rule reforms Wednesday.
“This situation in which the Senate Minority undermines executive judicial branches is unacceptable,” Merkley said on the Senate floor. “The Senate must act to restore its traditional role. … We have to do by rule what has not been done by simple cooperation.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that Democrats are “rushing for the exits” when it comes to ObamaCare.
“It’s no wonder Democrats are rushing for the exits … in political contortionisms that would make Houdini blush,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.
The amendment would have restricted the transfer of detainees for at least one year.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich) said it was “critically important” that the Senate passes a defense authorization bill this week.
“It is critically important that this bill passes this week,” Levin said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “Otherwise there is very little hope that we could get a bill back from conference and passed in both houses in time.”
The Senate is considering the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes more than $625 billion in defense spending for the Pentagon.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) urged President Obama Tuesday not to exempt unions from ObamaCare taxes.
He and 10 other Senate Republicans introduced the Union Tax Fairness Act, S. 1724, which would prevent the administration from exempting union healthcare plans from the ObamaCare reinsurance tax.
Female senators stood united on the Senate floor Tuesday against military sexual assault, but how to best address the issue is still being debated.
The Senate is now considering the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) , which authorizes more than $600 billion in defense spending for the Pentagon.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that Republican obstruction in the Senate has become “endemic.”