Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Mike Turner, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, successfully continued his fight against sexual assault in our military in the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

This comprehensive legislation includes all provisions of the FAIR Military Act, which was originally authored and introduced in the House by Congressman Turner and Congresswoman Tsongas (MA-03).

"This year’s NDAA reflects Congress’s ongoing, bipartisan effort to construct meaningful reforms aimed at eradicating sexual assault in our military.

Congresswoman Tsongas and I were proud to have introduced the FAIR Military Act, which takes significant and powerful steps in the areas of prevention, prosecution, and protection. 

This legislation takes action to confront the pervasive and deep-rooted culture that has perpetuated this serious problem and ensures that the perpetrators of these terrible crimes and are no longer capable of using unrelated, subjective factors as evidence of innocence.

These groundbreaking reforms included in the FY 2015 NDAA hold our military leaders to the highest standard and give our servicemen and women the protection they deserve.

I urge my colleagues in the Senate to follow the leadership of the House, and I look forward to continuing the bipartisan, bicameral effort to eliminate sexual assault from our military. "

Click here for a full text of the bill: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20140519/CPRT-113-HPRT-RU00-HR4435.pdf