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Hearing of the Senate Personnel Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee - Markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014


Location: Washington, DC

Senator KAINE. Madam Chair, thank you and Ranking Member Graham and my fellow colleagues. My microphone is broken, but you can hear me I know. I also want to commend the chair and the ranking for the work on the mark, and especially clearing
through so many amendments. These are important amendments, and we will have a vigorous tomorrow. I am proud to support reporting it forward. I also on the sexual assault issue was just stunned by the testimony. I am glad that the chairwoman held her first hearing as a committee chair on this issue in March, and then the hearing last week additionally laid out the need to solve this problem in a vigorous way. We will talk about a number of the proposals. The chairwoman has done a good job of summarizing those.

I also have some concerns about the issue of the reporting in the--within chain of command or setting up a separate mechanism, both in terms of the mechanism it might send to the chain of command, but also in terms of whether we want to explore removing from the chain of command issues that are not sexual misconduct related, given that all the testimony has really been focused on that. But we do have to tackle it in a vigorous way. I think the chairwoman's leadership has been important. I think it has been important to compelling a recognition among all of us that, you know, we need to have this discussion in open at the full committee hearing, which we will do over the course of the next couple of days. I think that is positive, and I will look forward to working with my committee members in that full forum to find the right solution.

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