A subcommittee of the House Intelligence Committee will hear testimony next week from two Pentagon officials.
The alarms came after Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, called such a ban “possible” if a leaked Supreme Court opinion became final and his party gained control in Washington.
Senate passage was the latest evidence that Democrats, fresh off a string of legislative failures on their broader domestic agenda, are focusing on narrower measures with bipartisan support.
The bill would ensure that victims have the option of suing in federal, state or tribal court, depriving perpetrators of a secretive process that can weigh heavily in their favor.
Under the agreement, commanders’ powers would be clipped after years of complaints about unfairness and retaliation.
In failing to secure a benefit with bipartisan appeal, President Biden joins a long line of frustrated politicians. But some Republicans say it could be resurrected on its own.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has spent years building support for a measure to remove commanders from decisions about prosecuting sex crimes, but some colleagues now worry it goes too far.
A growing movement supports independent investigations and prosecutions of sexual assault cases, outside of the military chain of command.
A legislative clash looms over whether the military justice system should be overhauled to change the way all serious crimes are handled.
The military justice system is in dire need of an overhaul. Two senators are standing athwart a bipartisan fix.
Lloyd Austin signaled support for removing sexual assault cases from the military chain of command but declined to endorse a broader measure to deal with other serious crimes.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has won broad backing for legislation that would cut out the military chain of command in such cases. Now she faces another big hurdle.
The shift mirrors broader societal frustrations after two decades of wars, a pervasive problem of sexual assault and harassment of female troops and the exposure of political extremism in the ranks.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has fought for years to remove commanders from deciding assault cases. Now, more colleagues and a Pentagon panel agree.
President Biden has been a vocal proponent of moving the cases outside of the military chain of command, even as general after general has argued against them.
My fellow lawmakers and I just wanted to do our jobs and certify a free and fair election.
Even as it becomes a focus of debate in a sharply partisan election year, the agency is crippled by economic forces outside its control. But a number of proposals, new and old, could chart a path forward.
Congress should enact a federal jobs guarantee.
New legislation would try to curb the illegal imagery with record levels of funding for law enforcement. The bill, coming in response to a Times investigation, also calls for a new oversight position in the White House.