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Senate blocks military sexual assault prosecution bill that would have removed chain of command

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The Senate Thursday rejected a bill aimed at curbing military sexual assault by stripping military commanders of prosecutorial authority. The vote was 55-45, and fell short of the approval of 60 lawmakers needed to end debate on the legislation authored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Gillibrand’s bill would have given the power to prosecute sexual assault cases to independent military...

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