Military sex assault reform stalled as Dems push for racial justice in the ranks

Democrats are scrambling to find a path forward to reforming the military justice system, as lawmakers split over the best way to address serious crimes — primarily sexual assault — within the ranks and tackle racial disparities in military courts.
House Armed Services Committee Democratic members disagree on a central tenet of the bill — removing commanders’ authority to prosecute all serious crimes, beyond just sexual assault. Proponents of that change, such as Reps. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), say it would be a much-needed reform for U.S. service members of color, who have long faced disproportionate consequences in military courts.
“If you are a young black airman, you are twice as likely to be sent to court martial for the same offense conducted by a white airman,” Brown, who is Black and a 30-year Army veteran, told members in a closed-door caucus meeting, according to people listening. “Now is

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