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Washington Beat: Gillibrand's Chain Of Command Bill Gains GOP Support

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has picked up the support of conservative senators in her fight to remove the chain of command from the prosecution of military sexual assaults.

Last month, the Senate Armed Services Committee rejected Senator Gillibrand's bill, dealing what appeared to be a fatal blow to her campaign.

However, on Tuesday, there were new signs that her effort is once again gaining steam.

At a press conference, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced his support for the bill, joining Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who surprised political circles when he supported Gillibrand at last month's committee vote.

"I see no reason why conservatives shouldn't support this. The only thing I think standing in the way is just sort of the status quo," Paul said.

"I was persuaded by Senator Gillibrand's exceptionally passionate and able advocacy," Cruz added.

The new support could help New York's junior senator gain more conservative votes as she attempts to bring the bill to the floor of the Senate.

"Our effort now is to build a very strong bipartisan coalition that is going to end sexual assaults in the military," Gillibrand said.

The legislation still faces opposition from the Pentagon and Senator Carl Levin, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

Gillibrand's office is hopeful they can get the 51 votes likely needed to add to the armed services bill when it goes the floor of the Senate.

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