Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, today made the following statement on new policies announced by the Department of Defense aimed to combat sexual assault in the military:
"I applaud the Department for continuing to address this very real problem. Expanding support for victims, promoting chain of command oversight, systematic review of sexual assault investigations and increased use of lawyer investigators are vital steps necessary for the kind of cultural change that will ultimately stamp out this crisis within the ranks. While many of these reforms reflect legislation the House has already overwhelmingly passed, I support Secretary Hagel for implementing policy changes he is already empowered to make. The House approved a range of sexual assault reforms more than a month ago and I hope that Senator Reid will move expeditiously to take them up when the Senate returns in September."