MJIA: Senate Supporters

U.S. Senators Who Voted In Favor Of The Military Justice Improvement Act

On June 16, 2015, 50 U.S. Senators, including 14 Republicans, voted to advance this common sense approach to create an independent, non-biased and objective military justice system (roll call vote here):

  • Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)*
  • Michael Bennet (D-CO)*
  • Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)* 
  • Cory Booker (D-NJ)
  • Barbara Boxer (D-CA)*
  • Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  • Maria Cantwell (D-WA)*
  • Ben Cardin (D-MD)*
  • Robert Casey (D-PA)*
  • Susan Collins (R-ME)*
  • Chris Coons (D-DE)*
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX)*
  • Steve Daines (R-MT)
  • Joe Donnelly (D-IN)*
  • Dick Durbin (D-IL)
  • Mike Enzi (R-WY)
  • Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)*
  • Al Franken (D-MN)*
  • Cory Gardner (R-CO)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)*
  • Chuck Grassley (R-IA)*
  • Martin Heinrich (D-NM)*
  • Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)*
  • Dean Heller (R-NV)
  • Mazie Hirono (D-HI)*
  • Mark Kirk (R-IL)
  • Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Patrick Leahy (D-VT)*
  • Ed Markey (D-MA)*
  • Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • Robert Menendez (D-NJ)*
  • Jeff Merkley (D-OR)*
  • Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)*
  • Jerry Moran (R-KS)
  • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)*
  • Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
  • Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Rand Paul (R-KY)*
  • Gary Peters (D-MI)
  • Harry Reid (D-NV)
  • Bernie Sanders (I-VT)*
  • Brian Schatz (D-HI)*
  • Charles Schumer (D-NY)*
  • Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)*
  • Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • John Thune (R-SD)
  • Tom Udall (D-NM)*
  • David Vitter (R-LA)*
  • Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)*
  • Ron Wyden (D-OR)*

* co-sponsor of the Gillibrand amendment

Key Facts and Info

Read the Gillibrand Report of Four Largest U.S. Military Bases (2015): Documents Reveal Continued Lack of Improvement in Military Justice System

Read the Gillibrand Report of Four Largest U.S. Military Bases (2014)Despite Recent Congressional Reforms, Dysfunction In Military Justice System Remains

Read the Gillibrand Report of Four Largest U.S. Military Bases (2013): Nearly Half of Survivors Who Reported Assaults Dropped Out of Military Justice Process; Sexual Assaults More Prevalent Than Previously Acknowledged (pdf)

Read AP story: "Pentagon Misled Lawmakers on Military Sexual Assault Cases"

Read Human Rights Watch Report: U.S. Raped In Military - Then Punished: Unjust Discharges Cause Lasting Harm

Read "Embattled" the Human Rights Watch Report: Survivors 12x More Likely to Suffer Retaliation Than See Assailant Convicted; Not A Single Case of Serious Disciplinary Action Found for Retaliation (pdf)

NY Times Magazine Cover Story: "The Military's Rough Justice on Sexual Assault" on military’s continued failure to combat sexual assault – including accounts of retribution and retaliation

VIDEO: “Military Justice’s Dirty Secret”: Fmr. Chief Prosecutor USAF “Put Out to Pasture” for Speaking Out & Doing His Job

5/9/16 DOD IG Report: Evaluation of the Separation of Service Members Who Made a Report of Sexual Assault 

Quotes You Should Read

MJIA: Myths vs Facts sheet

12/3/2014: Top Reasons Why Military Justice Improvement Act Is Still Needed After Previous Incremental NDAA Reforms (pdf)

Senators Who Voted In Favor of MJIA

Retired Military Officers Supporting MJIA

Veterans', Faith, & Women's Groups Supporting MJIA

Letter from UCMJ legal experts supporting MJIA (pdf)

Editorials & Op-Eds Supporting MJIA

ESPN Report: The Enemy Within

Read DOD’s Own Advisory Panel Opinion in Support of MJIA

Allies Testimony: No Impact on Good Order & Discipline From Change To Independent Military Justice System

Gillibrand Testimony to Response Systems Panel

Text of Response Systems Panel Dissent (pdf)

List of Excluded Offenses

Useful Links

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Vietnam Veterans of America

Survivor Stories: 1 | 2

DOD Annual SAPR Reports

Defense Advisory Committee on Women

The Invisible War

“Twice Betrayed” Investigative Report

ESPN Report: The Enemy Within

Service Women’s Action Network

Protect Our Defenders