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Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

Senate Democrats to pull all-nighter on climate change

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- A group of more than two dozen Senate Democrats plan to take, after final votes Monday night, an all-night "talkathon" on climate change.
Gabrielle Levy
Army investigating groping claim against top sex crimes prosecutor

Army investigating groping claim against top sex crimes prosecutor

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army's sex-crimes prosecutor is being investigated on claims he groped a female lawyer during a sexual-assault conference in 2011, Army officials said.
Senate blocks military sex assault bill

Senate blocks military sex assault bill

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- A bill to remove military commanders from military commanders from the decisions over the prosecution of sexual assault cases failed in the Senate.
Gabrielle Levy

Court-martial of U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Sinclair begins

FORT BRAGG, N.C., March 4 (UPI) -- The court-martial of U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeff Sinclair, accused of adultery and other charges, began with pre-trial motions Tuesday at Fort Bragg. N.C.
Senator blocks debate on sexual assault bill to vote on Iran sanctions

Senator blocks debate on sexual assault bill to vote on Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., blocked debate on the military sexual assault bill so the Senate could vote on new sanctions against Iran.
Aileen Graef
Senators push for support of military sexual assault bill

Senators push for support of military sexual assault bill

Veterans who were victims of sexual assault while on active duty joined a bipartisan group of senators on Thursday to push for a bill that takes prosecution of such crimes out of the military chain of command.
Christophe Haubursin -- Medill News Service

Owens says he won't run for re-election

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., said he is retiring from Congress and will not seek re-election to his swing district in November.
Obama gives military deadline on sexual assaults

Obama gives military deadline on sexual assaults

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- President Obama said Friday he expects the U.S. military to make substantial progress in curbing sexual assaults in the next year.
Senate passes defense funding bill with no amendments

Senate passes defense funding bill with no amendments

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate passed a $630 billion defense spending bill Thursday in an 84-15 vote that barred any changes to the measure that passed the House.
Senate-House conferees approve $632.8B defense authorization bill

Senate-House conferees approve $632.8B defense authorization bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A bipartisan deal on a $632.8 billion National Defense Authorization Act has been reached, top U.S. defense lawmakers in the Senate and House said.
Military sex assault reform once sure to pass now on skids

Military sex assault reform once sure to pass now on skids

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- An amendment to change how the military handles rape cases is doomed, supporters say, because congressional leaders are rushing to pass a defense spending bill.

Reid backs Gillibrand on military sex-assault bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he backed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to strip U.S. military commanders' power to pick which sex-assault cases to try.
U.S. military sex-assault reports jump 46%

U.S. military sex-assault reports jump 46%

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Reported U.S. military sexual assaults surged 46 percent this year, the Pentagon said, crediting the increase to "victim confidence in our response system."
Senators press to revamp military sex-assault rules

Senators press to revamp military sex-assault rules

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A terrorist facing trial in the United States "has greater legal protection than a U.S. Marine" alleging a sexual assault, an assault victim's husband said.
Gillibrand puts hold on Obama Navy nominee

Gillibrand puts hold on Obama Navy nominee

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., put a hold on Jo Ann Rooney, President Obama's Navy undersecretary pick, due to her remarks about military sexual assaults.

Bill to increase U.S. food safety standards introduced

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., introduced a bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase food safety testing and to update standards.
New York staters embarrassed by Weiner-Spitzer runs for office

New York staters embarrassed by Weiner-Spitzer runs for office

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Two out of three residents think the attention given New York state by the attempted comebacks of Anthony Weiner and Elliot Spitzer is embarrassing.
Paul, Cruz back Gillibrand military sex-assault revamp

Paul, Cruz back Gillibrand military sex-assault revamp

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- Two Tea Party Senate firebrands joined Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in pressing to end U.S. military commanders' power to decide which sex assaults to prosecute.
Plans expected for integrating women into military's elite forces

Plans expected for integrating women into military's elite forces

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- Women will be admitted into the elite units of the U.S. military, including the Navy SEALS, the Army Rangers and the Marine infantry, Pentagon officials said.

House passes bill with emphasis on military sexual assaults

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representative passed a defense bill Friday that includes measures to deal with sexual assaults in the ranks.

Senate Dems differ on ways to prosecute military sexual assaults

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- Sen. Carl Levin said he would offer a plan requiring senior U.S. military officers to review decisions to prosecute sexual assault cases in the military.
McCain: Sex assaults so bad I advise women to avoid military

McCain: Sex assaults so bad I advise women to avoid military

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain told the top U.S. military chiefs he could not advise women to join the service with a sexual-assault scourge the military has not contained.

Military leaders concerned about military sex assault bills

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- The top U.S. military leaders told Congress of concerns about bills that would revamp military law by removing sexual assault cases from commanders.
Politics 2014: Roads to 2014, 2016 become rocky as retirements mount

Politics 2014: Roads to 2014, 2016 become rocky as retirements mount

The road to the 2016 general election is becoming more and more rocky as mounting numbers of members of the U.S. Congress announce their intentions to seek a life beyond Capitol Hill.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Hagel orders retraining for military sex assault prevention officers

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. military must screen and retrain all its recruiters and sex-assault prevention officers, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday.
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