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Democrat strips anti-sexual assault measure out of military spending bill

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) stripped a measure proposed by fellow Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) that would have taken sexual assault reporting out of the chain of command out of a defense spending bill on Tuesday. Gillibrand’s bill, which had 27 co-sponsors — four of which were Republicans, was opposed…

Female senators grill military brass over arrest of sexual assault prevention officer

Female senators lashed out at top military brass on Tuesday following a damning Pentagon report on sexual assault and the arrest of U.S. Air Force sex abuse prevention officer. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) pressed the military…

Victim in overturned military rape case: ‘I was stunned’

As members of Congress grill military personnel over their handling of sexual assault and rape cases, the woman whose story sparked the latest outrage has finally spoken out on Wednesday. Kimberly Hanks — who is identifying herself for the first time — detailed her ordeal last year after Lt. Col.…

Bachmann: Women ‘can make their own choices for… their own bodies’

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who wants to outlaw abortion and restrict coverage of female contraception, on Sunday insisted that Republican members of Congress “want women to have their own choices.” During a Sunday interview on NBC, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) spoke out against a Republican effort to allow employers to…

Senate rejects Blunt contraception amendment

In a close 51-48 vote on Thursday, the U.S. Senate rejected legislation that would have allowed employers to refuse to pay for health insurance coverage of specific services if it would be contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), was offered…

Sen. Gillibrand blasts Blunt amendment: Employers shouldn’t dictate health decisions

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Wednesday slammed legislation that would allow employers to refuse to pay for health insurance coverage of specific services if it would be contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions. “When will my colleagues understand this very non-debatable fact, that the decision of whether a…

Sen. Gillibrand: Republican ‘war on women’ will fail

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said Thursday that Republicans’ “war on women” would ultimately be a failure. Republicans have accused Obama of waging a war on religion because of a White House plan to require most insurance plans to cover birth control, without an exemption for religious employers. Churches and some…

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