· · · · · 

Vote Blocked on Gillibrand’s Military Sexual Assault Bill

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) hit another roadblock on Thursday when a vote on the bill was blocked in the Senate, but it won't be the last that the chamber sees of the bill.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act hit another roadblock on Thursday when a vote on the bill was blocked in the Senate, but it won’t be the last the chamber sees of the bill.

· · · · · 

Amid Pentagon Spin, Military Sexual Assault Problem Still Rampant

The Department of Defense’s long-awaited report to President Obama on military sexual assault  doesn’t show nearly enough progress in dealing with the problem, advocates for survivors say.

The Department of Defense’s long-awaited report to President Obama on military sexual assault doesn’t show nearly enough progress in dealing with the problem, advocates for survivors say.

· · · · · 

Legal Wrap: Another Grand Jury Fails to Indict, Supreme Court Ponders Online Harassment

A New York grand jury failed to indict the officers involved in Eric Garner's death, while the Roberts Court heard arguments in two big cases for equality advocates.

A New York grand jury failed to indict the officers involved in Eric Garner’s death, while the Roberts Court heard arguments in two big cases for equality advocates.

· · · · · 

Gillibrand: Obama Could Act in New Push for Military Sexual Assault Bill

A bipartisan group of senators said Gillibrand's bill is the best way to protect military sexual assault victims—and that the president could convince Congress of this "overnight."

A bipartisan group of senators said Gillibrand’s bill is the best way to protect military sexual assault victims—and that the president could convince Congress of this “overnight.”

· · · · · 

New Law Requires Civilian Review of California Military Sexual Assault Cases

Signed on Thursday, the law takes the prosecution of military sexual assault cases out of the chain of command and into the hands of civilian prosecutors in California.

Signed on Thursday, the law takes the prosecution of military sexual assault cases out of the chain of command and into the hands of civilian prosecutors in California.

· · · · · 

Pennsylvania Women’s Health Caucus Unveils Second Package of Bills

Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

State lawmakers unveiled the second wave of bills introduced as part of Pennsylvania’s Agenda for Women’s Health, a pro-active legislative effort designed to address women’s health and economic equality.

· · · · · 

Mixed Results for Women in House Version of National Defense Authorization Act

The House passed its version of the defense bill last week, with some wins and losses on sexual assault and a few boons for new moms.

The House passed its version of the defense bill last week, with some wins and losses on sexual assault and a few boons for new moms.

· · · · · 

Lawsuit Alleges VA Discrimination Against Military Sexual Assault Survivors

Two veterans advocacy groups filed a lawsuit this week alleging that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is making it harder for military sexual assault survivors to claim disability for PTSD than other veterans.

Two veterans advocacy groups filed a lawsuit this week alleging that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is making it harder for military sexual assault survivors to claim disability for PTSD than other veterans.

· · · · · 

Legal Wrap: Protections for Pregnant Workers Advance in States, But Where’s Congress?

Slowly but surely pregnant workers are gaining more workplace protections, but Congress still needs to act.

Slowly but surely pregnant workers are gaining more workplace protections, but Congress still needs to act.

· · · · · 

Procedural Vote Blocks Gillibrand’s Military Sexual Assault Bill

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke on the floor Thursday in support of Gillibrand's measure, noting that McCaskill's approach fell in line with a long history of proclamations of creating a climate of zero tolerance for sexual assaults within the chain of command.

After a year of focused debate, advocates for changing a culture of rampant sexual assault within the military were rebuked by a 55-45 procedural vote that did not allow the measure to advance to a full vote.

· · · · ·