Posted: Mar 5, 2014 5:10 PM
Updated: Mar 5, 2014 5:10 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate is heading for a showdown over legislation to curb sexual assaults in the military by stripping senior commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses.
A highly anticipated vote sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, could come as early as Thursday.
The Pentagon's top brass firmly opposes the measure, arguing officers should have more responsibility, not less, for the conduct of troops they lead.
Gillibrand has won the support of 54 of her Senate colleagues. However, she'll likely need 60 votes to clear a procedural hurdle that could prevent the Senate from even voting on her bill.
She wants case information from four major U.S. bases, including Fort Hood in Texas.