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September 16, 2020 – A group of congressmen led by Jackie Speier and Mark Mullin presented the bill “I am Vanessa Guillén Act” in honor of the soldier who died on April 22 at Fort Hood and the many survivors of sexual violence who have bravely emerged from it. of the disappearance and brutal murder of the 20-year-old military woman.

The legislation, which has bipartisan support and could be put to a vote in a matter of weeks or by November. If passed, the law “will provide survivors with independent investigations into reports of both sexual harassment and sexual assault. It would also make sexual harassment a criminal offense in the military, helping to get to the heart of a problem that is far too much often leads to violence and destroys careers and lives. The Guillén family and former and current military legions demand bold change, “said Speier, president of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel of the Armed Forces Service in the House of Representatives.

Senator Mazie K. Hirono introduced supplemental legislation in the federal Senate.

After meeting with the Guillén family, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged to hold a House vote on the bill, which also has the support of Donald Trump, who welcomed the family of Vanessa at the White House in July.

Specifically, the “I Am Vanessa Guillén Law” would achieve:

-Transfer prosecution decisions on sexual assault and sexual harassment cases outside the chain of command to an Office of the Chief Prosecutor within each military service;
-Create an autonomous military crime for sexual harassment;
-Establish trained sexual harassment investigators who are outside the chain of command of the complainant and the accused;
-Create a confidential reporting process for sexual harassment that is integrated with the Department of Defense “Catch a Serial Offender database”;
-Require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate military procedures to find missing service members and compare them with procedures used by law enforcement and best practices;
-Require that both the DoD (Department of Defense) and GAO conduct separate evaluations of the military services sexual harassment / assault prevention and response programs (SHARP); and
-Establish a process by which service members can file negligence claims and seek compensatory damages against the Department of Defense in the event of sexual assault or harassment.

The legislation, which has bipartisan support and could be put to a vote in a matter of weeks or by November. If passed, the law “will provide survivors with independent investigations into reports of both sexual harassment and sexual assault. It would also make sexual harassment a criminal offense in the military, helping to get to the heart of an issue that is far too far away. often leads to violence and destroys careers and lives. The Guillén family and former and current military legions demand a bold change, “said Speier, president of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel of the Armed Forces Service in the House of Representatives.

Senator Mazie K. Hirono introduced supplemental legislation in the federal Senate.

After meeting with the Guillén family, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged to hold a House vote on the bill, which also has the support of Donald Trump, who welcomed the family of Vanessa at the White House in July.

Specifically, the “I Am Vanessa Guillén Law” would achieve:

-Transfer prosecution decisions on cases of sexual assault and sexual harassment outside the chain of command to an Office of the Chief Prosecutor within each military service;
-Create an autonomous military crime for sexual harassment;
-Establish trained sexual harassment investigators who are outside the chain of command of the complainant and the accused;
-Create a confidential reporting process for sexual harassment that is integrated with the Department of Defense “Catch a Serial Offender database”;
-Require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate military procedures to find missing service members and compare them with procedures used by law enforcement and best practices;
-Require that both the DoD (Department of Defense) and GAO conduct separate evaluations of the military services sexual harassment / assault prevention and response programs (SHARP); and
-Establish a process by which service members can file negligence claims and seek compensatory damages against the Department of Defense in the event of sexual assault or harassment.

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Biden accuses Trump of trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act with Barrett nomination

Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Joe Biden should enact critical government reforms if he wins MORE accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE of “trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act” on Sunday with his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

The former vice president gave a warning about the potential risk to the Affordable Care Act as Trump officially nominated Barrett on Saturday to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court left by Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act Watch live: Trump holds campaign rally in Pennsylvania MORE’s death on Sept. 18.

“It's no mystery about what's happening here,” he said. “President Trump was trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act. He's been trying to do it for the last four years. The Republican Party has been trying to eliminate it for a decade."

“It doesn’t matter what the American people want,” he added. “President Trump sees a chance to fulfill his explicit mission: Steal away the vital protections of the ACA from countless families who have come to rely on them for their health, their financial security and the lives of those they love.”

#BREAKING: Joe Biden responds to selection of Amy Coney Barrett: "President Trump is trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act." pic.twitter.com/tJIP77bmXG

— The Hill (@thehill) September 27, 2020

The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to the Affordable Care Act close to the election, and Democrats have said they expect Barrett would vote against the health care bill.

Ahead of Biden’s speech on Sunday, the day after Barrett’s nomination, Trump tweeted that the Affordable Care Act “will be replaced with a MUCH better, and FAR cheaper alternative, if it is terminated in the Supreme Court.”

Biden responded to the tweet by saying, “It should come as no surprise that on Saturday President Trump would nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett and on Sunday, lay out clearly what his objective is: to terminate Obamacare.”

The former vice president cited Barrett’s “written track record of disagreeing adamantly” with the Supreme Court’s rulings that have upheld the Affordable Care Act. 

“The American people understand the urgency of this moment,” he said. “They're already voting in droves because they know their health care hangs in the balance.”

Biden also reiterated his calls to senators to “uphold your Constitutional duty” and “summon your conscience” by avoiding to push through a confirmation hearing before Election Day, which is 37 days away.

“Just because you have the power to do something doesn’t absolve you of your responsibility to do right by the American people,” he said. 

The Democratic nominee’s Sunday comments echoed other party leaders’ statements, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? MORE (D-Calif.) who criticized Republicans for trying to “undo” the Affordable Care Act on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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