Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Efforts to End Military Sexual Assault Will Continue
December 11, 2013
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) issued the following statement on the exclusion of the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2014.
“While I am encouraged by the progress made this year toward ending sexual assault within our ranks, I am disappointed that the Military Justice Improvement Act was not brought to a vote in Congress,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “Military sexual assault survivors deserve a vote on the MJIA. Though it will not be included in the Defense bill this year, I will continue to work toward passage of this bipartisan, bicameral effort to end this epidemic. I appreciate the hard work the Armed Services Committees have done to finish the Defense bill before the end of this year, and the steps they have taken to address these violent sexual crimes.”
Earlier this year, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard led the House introduction of the Military Justice Improvement Act (H.R. 2016), which is a bipartisan, bicameral effort to restore the faith of the American people and military sexual assault survivors by removing decision-making from the chain of command, and empowering experienced trial counsel to determine whether to take a case to a special or general court-martial proceeding.