June 17, 2015

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Sullivan votes against creating independent body to address military sexual assault cases

Alaska’s Senate delegation splits their vote on bipartisan military sexual assault reform amendment  

ANCHORAGE: Yesterday, Sen. Dan Sullivan voted against a measure that would have placed military sexual assault cases out of the traditional chain of command, and created an independent body to handle the cases. This is yet another split in Alaska’s Senate delegation, after Sen. Lisa Murkowski enlisted her new “partner.”

The amendment needed a 3/5 vote to pass, but only received a simple majority. In 2014, a similar amendment failed by 5 votes.

The Hill reports that a former Air Force chief prosecutor said that a no vote was a failure to hold the Pentagon accountable to previous promises of reform.

The former prosecutor also said, “Those opposed to a fair justice system for our troops and their families are listening to the same generals that were against gay Americans serving their country or allowing women to serve equally."