Committee bill would change military judicial code

Wilson’s legislation embraced one change proposed by Defense Secretary Chuck HagelChuck HagelLobbying World The US just attacked Syria. So where's Congress? Senators tear into Marines on nude photo scandal MORE to prevent commanders from being able to dismiss verdicts in a post-trial review, although sentences could still be reduced.

The proposed change was prompted by widespread outrage in Congress over a case earlier this year in which a commander tossed out a guilty verdict in an Air Force sexual assault case.

Hagel ordered a review of the case and the underlying authority, which led to the proposed change.

Lawmakers have largely endorsed the measure, and Wilson’s measure drew from legislation proposed by Reps. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.).

The subcommittee’s bill also would require dismissal or dishonorable discharge for any service member convicted of rape or sexual assault.

The bill also expands a Victims Counsel pilot program and allows victims apply for a permanent station or unit transfer.

The House panel’s legislation does not include proposals to remove sexual assault cases from the military’s chain of command, a step that has been pushed by Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSenate votes to confirm Rosenstein as deputy attorney general Senate approves Trump's Agriculture chief Dems urge Trump to include Northeast Corridor tunnel project in infrastructure bill MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.).

The bills from Gillibrand and Speier are likely to be debated during the full committee’s mark-up of the authorization bill in June.

In addition to the sexual assault measures, Wilson’s subcommittee mark also rejected proposals in the Pentagon’s 2014 budget to increase TRICARE fees, which would be the second-straight year Congress has said no to new health fees.