House panel blocks votes on chain of command amendments

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 amendment was sponsored in the House by Reps. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.), Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardThe OFF Act will mandate a swift and just transition to clean energy House panel approves 6.5B defense policy bill Jane Sanders starts group to boost ‘progressive voices’ MORE (D-Hawaii), Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).

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 FrankelLois FrankelFla. lawmaker warned officials before retirement home tragedy Former CIA director: Don’t call Russian election hacking ‘act of war’ Palm Beach official proposes Mar-a-Lago tax to pay for Trump visits MORE (D-Fla.), which would make it a new offense for a commander to sexually assault or rape a subordinate.