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Sen. Gillibrand continues effort to change how military handles sexual assaults

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is continuing her effort to change how the military handles sexual assault as she touts new support from conservatives.

Republican Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz joined her this morning to back a plan to remove commanding officers from having the final say on whether serious crimes among service members, including sexual assault, should go to trial.

Over the past couple of months, Gillibrand has spear-headed the effort which is slowly gaining traction in Washington with 33 senators now supporting the plan.

"So this is not a democratic idea, it is not a republican idea. It is a good idea that meets the needs of the victims, creates transparency and accountability, and creates the needed objectivity that this issue deserves," said Gillibrand.

The senate could decide on the issue later in July if lawmakers consider a sweeping defense bill.

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