Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Praises Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz for Support of Military Sexual Assault Legislation

July 16, 2013
Press Release

Calls for additional bipartisan support in the House

Washington, DC
– Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) applauded the newly announced support for the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). The legislation is a bipartisan, bicameral proposal to provide justice to military sexual assault survivors by removing decision-making from the military’s chain of command, and empowering experienced trial counsel to determine whether to take a case to a special or general court-martial proceeding.

“The movement to take serious action to address the epidemic of sexual assault in the military continues to gain momentum, and I’m encouraged by the added support of Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “This issue comes down to basic fairness, transparency, and creating an objective military justice system. By taking the decision to prosecute a sexual assault crime out of the chain of command, and into the hands of trained professionals, our proposal aims to eliminate any potential bias or fear of retaliation, while maintaining a commander’s authority and ability to lead troops effectively. I look forward to continuing to build bipartisan support for the Military Justice Improvement Act, and passing this legislation.”

The Military Justice Improvement Act was introduced earlier this year in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (H.R. 2016) and in the Senate by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

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