Gillibrand Anticipates Filibuster Threat Over Military Sexual-Assault Amendment

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (2nd L) speaks as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) (R) and military sexual assault victim Ariana Klay (L), a former Marine officer assigned to the prestigious Marine Barracks Washington and subsequently served in Iraq, listen during a news conference November 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
National Journal
Stacy Kaper
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Stacy Kaper
Nov. 6, 2013, 10:33 a.m.

It’s not every day that con­ser­vat­ive Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., stand shoulder to shoulder with lib­er­als Sens. Bar­bara Box­er, D-Cal­if., and Richard Blu­menth­al, D-Conn. But they did Wed­nes­day, ral­ly­ing be­hind an ef­fort from Sen. Kirsten Gil­librand, D-N.Y., to com­bat mil­it­ary sexu­al as­saults by tak­ing the de­cision of wheth­er to pro­sec­ute out of the chain of com­mand.

Gil­librand says she has been prom­ised she will get a vote on her bill in the form of an amend­ment to the de­fense-au­thor­iz­a­tion bill, which could hit the Sen­ate floor as soon as next week.

But suc­ceed­ing is seen as un­likely. The Pentagon and Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee lead­ers adam­antly op­pose the re­form. Gil­librand is ask­ing to only have to meet a simple ma­jor­ity of 51 votes, ar­guing her amend­ment is ger­mane, but she ex­pects that one of her op­pon­ents — likely Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham, R-S.C. — would threaten to fili­buster, for­cing a 60-vote re­quire­ment for pas­sage.

“I think Lind­sey Gra­ham said he would do any­thing to de­feat this amend­ment. I sus­pect he would feel com­fort­able do­ing it. I also think [Sen. James] In­hofe would,” Gil­librand said, after hold­ing a press con­fer­ence to high­light the is­sue.

Gil­librand said she is lob­by­ing un­de­cided mem­bers, try­ing to get op­pon­ents to change their mind, and ask­ing her sup­port­ers to also reach out to col­leagues one on one. “We have a lot of un­de­cided mem­bers, and we have a lot of un­de­cided mem­bers who are lean­ing with us. So al­though we have 46 stated sup­port­ers, I think we will have many, many more,” she said. “We will try to meet the chal­lenge of either 51 or 60, and I’m con­fid­ent we will.”

For his part, Paul said he was tar­get­ing a group of key Re­pub­lic­ans to try to bring on board. “We need a few more Re­pub­lic­ans. I’ve got a list of Re­pub­lic­ans I’m talk­ing to,” Paul said. “We need prob­ably eight more Re­pub­lic­ans and a few more Demo­crats. But I think there is a lot of mo­mentum.”

What We're Following See More »
THE PLAN ALL ALONG?
Manchin Drops Objections, Clearing Way for Spending Deal
1 days ago
THE LATEST

"The Senate standstill over a stopgap spending bill appeared headed toward a resolution on Friday night. Senators who were holding up the measure said votes are expected later in the evening. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin had raised objections to the continuing resolution because it did not include a full year's extension of retired coal miners' health benefits," but Manchin "said he and other coal state Democrats agreed with Senate Democratic leaders during a caucus meeting Thursday that they would not block the continuing resolution, but rather use the shutdown threat as a way to highlight the health care and pension needs of the miners."

Source:
UNCLEAR WHAT CAUSED CHANGE OF HEART
Giuliani Out of Running For State
1 days ago
BREAKING

Donald Trump transition team announced Friday afternoon that top supporter Rudy Giuliani has taken himself out of the running to be in Trump's cabinet, though CNN previously reported that it was Trump who informed the former New York City mayor that he would not be receiving a slot. While the field had seemingly been narrowed last week, it appears to be wide open once again, with ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson the current favorite.

Source:
ALSO VICE-CHAIR OF TRUMP’S TRANSITION TEAM
Trump Taps Rep. McMorris Rodgers for Interior Secretary
1 days ago
BREAKING
SHUTDOWN LOOMING
House Approves Spending Bill
2 days ago
BREAKING

The House has completed it's business for 2016 by passing a spending bill which will keep the government funded through April 28. The final vote tally was 326-96. The bill's standing in the Senate is a bit tenuous at the moment, as a trio of Democratic Senators have pledged to block the bill unless coal miners get a permanent extension on retirement and health benefits. The government runs out of money on Friday night.

HEADS TO OBAMA
Senate Approves Defense Bill
2 days ago
THE LATEST

The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act today, sending the $618 billion measure to President Obama. The president vetoed the defense authorization bill a year ago, but both houses could override his disapproval this time around.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login