An alien observing C-Span2 for the first time on Tuesday could be forgiven for thinking that the American people only elect women to the U.S. Senate. One after another, ten female senators from both parties took to the floor to show their unity on reforms on how the military deals with sexual assault.

The reforms, attached to the National Defense Authorization Act currently before the Senate, are actually supported by all 20 of the women in the Senate. The show of female unity on the bulk of the provisions in the bill covered a months-long rift amongst the women over a single provision authored by New York Democrat Kristen Gillibrand. That measure would take the handling of sexual assault cases out of the chain of command and give it to the Judge Advocate General Corps. Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill has offered a competing amendment, likely to pass, which leaves the…

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