Kirsten Gillibrand faces 60-vote bar on sex-assault reform

Stacey Thompson MJIA

Kirsten Gillibrand faces 60-vote bar on sex-assault reform

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s bid to overhaul the military’s sexual assault  policies took a big hit Monday after two key opponents said she’s going to need  60 votes for a win.

Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) told POLITICO that  Gillibrand’s amendment to remove the chain of command from prosecuting major  crimes like sexual assault is too controversial to avoid a filibuster instead of  a 51-vote simple majority.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/kirsten-gillibrand-military-sexual-assault-senate-60-vote-bar-pentagon-department-of-defense-99351.html

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