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Rep. Tsongas: Bill Is ‘First Step’ In Addressing Sexual Assault In The Military

BOSTON — On Capitol Hill, the U.S. House of Representatives votes Friday on a defense spending bill that includes changes in how the military deals with allegations of sexual assault within its ranks.

The measure — sponsored by Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas — would require that anyone found guilty of sexual assault be dismissed or dishonorably discharged and removes a commander’s ability to change or dismiss most jury convictions.

Rep. Tsongas joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the legislation.

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