A simmering feud among top Democrats over the scope of reforms to how the military handles certain crimes, including sexual assault, spilled out into the open on Monday.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) came to the Senate floor on Monday to try to get a vote on her bipartisan bill, which has enough co-sponsors to defeat a 60-vote legislative filibuster.
“If we brought this bill to the floor today, it would pass. We have this legislation, and we have the votes. Now we just need the will to act. I urge all of my colleagues to join me in working to pass this bill as quickly as possible,” she said.
In addition to Gillibrand, Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who also have been working on the bill, spoke in favor of it from the Senate floor on Monday.
But their efforts have a formidable and influential opponent: Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which has oversight over the issue.