One of the crucial fascinating new alliances within the Senate as of late is between Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, and Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, who’ve been working collectively on the Senate Armed Companies Committee on attainable options to sexual assault within the army.
Mr. Hawley has repeatedly praised Ms. Gillibrand for her work on the problem culminating in bipartisan laws to vary the best way these crimes are dealt with. Ms. Gillibrand has usually sought out Mr. Hawley, a first-term lawmaker and vocal supporter of former President Donald J. Trump, instantly for such work, although the 2 are on reverse ends of practically all issues political.
The 2 are planning on Tuesday to introduce a invoice designed to enhance one of many army’s sexual assault response coordinators, which got here underneath scrutiny after the killing of a soldier at Fort Hood, and an ensuing report that confirmed many members of the coordination workforce lacked coaching to assist victims of assault.
Underneath their measure, the Protection Division must extra rigorously consider the packages and report their findings to Congress, and enhance coaching and different sources to professionalize the army justice system. It’s one of some initiatives Ms. Gillibrand and Mr. Hawley have joined collectively on — and attracted bipartisan assist for — to attempt to make the army extra accountable.
“This laws would support the Division of Protection in figuring out subsequent steps to professionalize the function of Sexual Assault Response Coordinator all through all branches of the army,” Mr. Hawley mentioned in a press release.