House Committee Gives Commanders Authority On Sex Cases

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel has endorsed giving military commanders the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes.

On a narrow 34-28 vote late Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee rejected a measure that would have stripped the authority from commanders and given it to seasoned, independent prosecutors.

The vote came as the panel worked through a marathon session crafting a $601 billion defense policy bill for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

The committee was expected to wrap up the bill by day's end.

The emotionally charged debate over sexual assault involved two of the female war veterans in the House - Reps. Tammy Duckworth and Tulsi Gabbard. Both voted to take the authority from commanders.

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