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Rep. Bruce Braley spoke to MSNBC's Chris Jansen about recent Pentagon scandals and how he's working in Congress to help victims of military sexual assault.
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Braley has championed reforms in the Department of Defense to protect victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. In April 2011, Braley introduced the Holley Lynn James Act to strengthen the legal process for preventing and addressing claims of sexual assault and domestic violence in the military. Since then, Braley has passed a number of these provisions into law, including: 1) the bill’s improvements on oversight of the DOD’s sexual assault policy; 2) ensuring that victims have access to counsel; 3) implementation of the bill’s “elevated disposition requirements,” requiring sexual assault cases be considered by senior officers with greater experience; and 4) supporting victims of sexual assault in filing disability claims with the VA by requiring retention of documentary evidence. The bipartisan bill is named after Holley Lynn James, a Dubuque native who was killed by her husband while both were in the service. James had filed complaints against her husband, who was supposed to be restricted to his barracks the night he murdered her.
Washington, DC – Several provisions introduced by Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) to strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault who serve in the military were included in the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that passed the US House last night.
Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced the Holley Lynn James Act – a bill to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in the military get justice. The bipartisan bill is named after Holley Lynn James, a constituent of Rep. Braley who was killed by her husband while both were in the service. James had filed complaints against her husband, who was supposed to be restricted to his barracks the night he murdered her.
Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced a bipartisan bill to help get justice for victims of sexual trauma and assault in the military. The Support for Survivors Act would require the Department of Defense to ensure life-long storage of all documents connected with reports of sexual assaults and sexual harassment across the military branches. The legislation would also prevent the military from destroying any records relating to sexual assault.
Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to review current Department of Defense policies that deal with sexual assault and domestic violence and use his authority to implement provisions of Braley’s recently introduced Holley Lynn James Act
Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement on the arrest of Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski for sexual assault over the weekend. Lt. Col. Krusinski is the head of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch:
Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) joined Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey today to announce new Department of Defense directives that will implement several provisions of Braley’s Holley Lynn James Act – almost a year to the day after the bill’s introduction.
Representatives Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), Bruce Braley (D-IA), and Patrick Meehan (R-PA) today introduced the bipartisan Military Judicial Reform Act to strip military commanders of the unilateral power to overturn convictions or lessen sentences handed down by judges and juries at courts martial. The bill comes on the heels of a Lieutenant General at Aviano Air Base overturning the sexual assault conviction of an airman who had been sentenced to a year in prison and dismissal by a jury of his peers.
Representatives Bruce Braley (D-IA) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) have requested a meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to discuss Lt. General Craig Franklin’s recent decision to overturn the sexual assault conviction of an airman on Aviano Air Base.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the US House of Representatives today included provisions authored by Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence in the military and provide additional protections for veterans against foreclosure. The legislation would also block a proposed Air Force recommendation to eliminate over 700 jobs at the Des Moines-based 132nd Iowa Air National Guard Fighter Wing.