WASHINGTON — The chief sponsor of a measure to combat assault in the military is considering scaling back her proposal to focus solely on the offenses of rape and sexual assault.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says she's weighing the revisions to build support for her proposal among undecided senators.
The New York Democrat is expected to offer the plan as an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that the Senate will consider next week.
Gillibrand has pushed for removing commanders from the process of deciding whether serious crimes, including sexual misconduct cases, go to trial. Her proposal would give that authority to seasoned trial lawyers who have prosecutorial experience and hold the rank of colonel or higher.
Forty-seven senators have announced their support for Gillibrand's plan.