Rand Paul backs Gillibrand sex assault bill

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Paul is the fifth Republican to co-sponsor Gillibrand’s measure, which is opposed by Pentagon leaders and the heads of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Two Republicans, Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and David Vitter (La.), voted for her proposal in committee but are not on the stand-alone bill. Paul and Cruz said at a press conference Tuesday that Gillibrand had won over their support.

“I see no reason why conservatives shouldn’t support this,” Paul said. “The only thing I think standing in the way is just sort of the status quo.”

Read more at The Hill.