The lead paragraph of a news release issued today by the senior U.S. senator from Missouri says it all:
Today, U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine.) and U.S. Representatives Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to combat sexual assaults in the military by better holding perpetrators accountable and better protecting survivors. The updated version of the group’s legislation includes additional provisions to protect and enhance the rights of victims. The lawmakers are working to include the legislation in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act.
It comes as no shock that Senator McCaskill has joined forces with two RINO Republicans and one ultra-liberal Democrat in proposing legislation to modify the Uniform Code of Military Justice. What’s shocking, however, is the content of what these senators have proposed in this effort to undermine military commanders’ authority as part of DoD’s War on Men.
The bill, according to the news release I received via email today, contains reforms to better address sexual assault prosecutions and aid survivors including provisions that:
• Remove the convening authority’s ability to change or dismiss an adjudged court-martial conviction for any charge or specification except for a charge or specification for a minor offense;
• Require a convening authority to provide written justification for any modifications made to a sentence, and require that they receive input from the victim;
• Require that a person found guilty of an offense of rape, sexual assault, forcible sodomy, or an attempt to commit any of those offenses receive a punishment that includes, at a minimum, a dismissal or dishonorable discharge; and
• Eliminate the five-year statute of limitations on Trial by Courts-Martial for sexual assault and sexual assault of a child.
To learn more about why these senators should keep their political noses out of this matter, read my earlier posts listed below:
The text of the legislation proposed by Senator McCaskill and her colleagues is available HERE, and a section-by-section breakdown of the bill is attached.