By Jeremy Herb - 06/13/13 04:23 PM EDT
Gillibrand's provision was stripped from the Senate Armed Services Committee’s markup of the defense authorization bill on Wednesday by a 17-9 vote.
The other blocked amendment came from Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), which would have taken sexual assault cases out of the chain of command and given the decision to services’ chief prosecutors.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) requested a vote in the Rules Committee to allow Speier’s amendment on the floor, but it was rejected by the Republicans and voted down 1-9.
Rules Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) defended the committee’s decision, saying that it included two amendments on sexual assault prosecutions. Those amendments were from Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), which establishes mandatory minimums for sexual assault offenses, and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), which would make it a new offense for a commander to sexually assault or rape a subordinate.