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Gillibrand on Sessions: ‘I Don’t See How He Can Be Attorney General’
New York Democrat speaks out against Trump’s Cabinet pick

Demonstrators from People for the American Way hold a protest in Washington on Friday against the nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voiced concerns Monday over whether her colleague, Sen. Jeff Sessions, should be considered for the post of attorney general in the incoming Donald Trump administration.

Gillibrand, a Democrat, told WNYC that she had “grave concerns” about the Alabama Republican because of the dangerous and incendiary nature of remarks he made about Donald Trump’s leaked 2005 “Access Hollywood” video in which he bragged about groping women. 

How One Victim's Fight Got Sexual Assault Bill to Obama
Amanda Nguyen's push culminates in historic survivors' Bill of Rights

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (left) listens as Amanda Nguyen discusses legislation to help sexual assault victims. (Courtesy Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office)

Amanda Nguyen remembers watching the reactions of lawmakers as they listened to women from their states and districts who'd been sexually assaulted — and family members of victims who'd been killed.

That’s when she realized change was still possible, even in Washington’s era of dysfunction.

Sexual Assault a Personal Issue for Rep. Ann Kuster
New Hampshire Democrat, attacked three times: 'We are all Emily Doe'

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Last week, after members of Congress took turns reading the complete court statement of the woman sexually assaulted by a Stanford University swimmer, half a dozen of them were so struck by her words that they decided to speak out about their own experiences and those of women close to them.  

“We were all discussing that sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace had happened to us” over the years, too, Rep. Ann McLane Kuster , a New Hampshire Democrat, said in an interview on Tuesday evening, but “none of us had ever spoken about it, either.  

Senate Sets Up Battle With House Over Women in the Draft
But senators decline to debate bipartisan sexual assault measure

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand championed the military sexual assault measure that was not voted on, Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Women could be a step closer to registering for the draft, under legislation approved by the Senate on Tuesday. But the Senate declined to take up a measure that would have provided additional protection from sexual assault in the military.  

The Senate voted 85-13 to pass the defense authorization bill, moving forward on the measure without considering a slew of amendments. That meant no debate on a provision that would have slowed the expansion of the Selective Service to women and no consideration of a bipartisan effort to change the way military sexual assault cases are prosecuted.