Levin and McCaskill are pushing other changes as well that Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, has said will make the situation better for sexual-assault victims in the armed forces.
Votes on the competing proposals could come Wednesday evening, but no time had been set by mid-afternoon.
Gillibrand’s proposal would take the decision on whether to prosecute major crimes, such as sexual assault, out of the chain of command and give those decisions over to military lawyers.
McCaskill’s amendment would build on changes already included in the defense authorization bill. It would give victims access to lawyers trained to deal with sexual-assault cases, who would provide advice on whether a victim should pursue a case through the military justice system or through civilian courts.
The proposal would also eliminate what is known as the “good soldier defense.”
Niels Lesniewski has covered the Senate for CQ Roll Call since January 2010, and more recently as a staff writer and resident procedure guru for Roll Call. Niels holds degrees in both government and theater but sometimes can't tell the difference between the two. @nielslesniewski
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