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The rush to do something about what is described as an epidemic of sexual assaults in the military.
Is morphing into something of -- turf -- tonight.
Congress wants big changes in the ways complaints in the way complaints are handled the brass is resisting.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin has the story from the Pentagon.
To address the front facing -- nearly all male panel of military service chiefs and lawyers the Senate Armed Services Committee including a record high seven women.
Went on the attack chastising the military's handling of sexual assaults.
You have lost the trust of the men and women who rely and you.
You will actually bring justice in these cases.
They're afraid to reports.
Speaking -- clears we'll be over.
-- fear retaliation.
They fear being playing this isn't about sex.
This is about the sultan of domination and violence and as long as opposed to get much together.
You are not going to be as successful as you need to be at getting after the most insidious part of this which is the predators in your ranks.
This is a crisis.
That I believe the military.
Needs to step up.
Their frustration stemmed from a recent pentagon report which estimated 26000.
Service members experienced unwanted sexual contact last year.
Those affected weren't just women just.
Over half of victims of sexual assault in the military are male so 141000 of those 26000.
Victims last year were male.
It's it seems shocking and I think for people to first hear that but at what we realize that rape and sexual assault are aren't about gender they're they're about.
Power and control a bipartisan group of senators has proposed legislation to adjust the uniform code of military justice.
And removed cases of sexual assault from the defendants chain of command.
If you have to go through a nine month trial and then have your commanding officer overturn jury's verdict and then have to salute the perpetrated the predator who wait so you.
Assistant the president demanded answers from the joint chiefs last month.
Today those same cheese pushed back on a proposal.
That would take away at commanders authority to decide which cases go to trial -- I believe that removing commanders from their sexual responsibility.
In addressing sexual assault would solve these crimes -- there -- ranks.
I would be your strongest proponent.
But removing commanders.
Making commanders less responsible less accountable will not work that issue was the crux of today's debate both sides agree something has to change.
Just last night this woman came to me and said her -- her daughter.
Want it to join the military and for that I give my unqualified support.
-- doing so next I could not.
But it was another Republican senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia -- remarks created controversy.
The young folks that are come -- and each of your services.
Her anywhere from seventh inning to the morning to referring to achieve -- such.
The level of -- hormone level -- created by nature.
He and -- the possibility.
For these types of crimes to occur.
Fellow Republican congressman Mike Turner issued a press release rebutting Chambliss saying quote.
It's simple criminals are responsible for sexual -- not hormones perpetuating this line of thinking.
Does nothing to help change the culture of our military and quote -- And Jennifer over on the house side the House Appropriations Committee released a draft today of the fiscal year 2014 defense appropriations bills so what's in there.
Well what's notable is that the more than 512.
Billion dollars requested.
Is five point one billion dollars less than last year's defense budget.
Here are some of the other highlights a one point 8% pay raise for the military more than what the president asked for.
885 point eight billion dollars for ongoing military operations in Afghanistan down one point five billion dollars.
From the year before despite an anticipated drawdown in troops next here and for Guantanamo Bay.
It prohibits transfers of detainees to the US or its territories.
And prohibits funding to modify any facility in the US to house detainees it also places conditions on the release of detainees to other countries.
This could seriously.
Seriously curtail the presidents.
Desire to close Guantanamo Bay -- -- Jennifer replied the Pentagon Jennifer thank you.
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