U.S. Senate rejects bid to change how military handles sexual assault

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 06, 2014 2:42 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted down a bid to overhaul the way the U.S. military handles cases of sexual assault.

Senators voted by 55-45 on a motion to proceed with a bill, sponsored by New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, that would have removed the power to decide whether to try sexual assault cases from the military chain of command and put it into the hands of an independent military prosecutor.

The vote fell five short of the 60 needed under Senate rules for the measure to have gone ahead.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Sandra Maler)