A bipartisan group of Senators, led by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), today urged the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senators Carl Levin (D-Michigan) and John McCain (R-Arizona), to retain a number of bipartisan amendments to the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that seek to combat sexual assault in the military as the legislation heads to conference, including three amendments authored by Senator Klobuchar. Joined by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-New York), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), the Senators noted their strong support for the measures as violence in the military continues to occur at an alarming rate.
In a joint letter, the Senators wrote:
"As work continues on the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act, we write to urge you to retain several important, bipartisan amendments that were incorporated into the Senate passed bill. These common-sense amendments were agreed to with the overwhelming support of the Senate. Ensuring that these important pieces of legislation now become public law will represent a meaningful step towards protecting America's service members from the threat of sexual assault."