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House advances bill on sexual assault in military

WASHINGTON — With broad support from Republicans and Democrats, a House committee approved legislation on Wednesday to tackle the growing problem of sexual assault in the armed forces by taking away the power of military commanders to overturn convictions in rape and assault cases. The bill passed by the House Armed Services Committee also requires that anyone found guilty of a sex-related crime receive a punishment that includes, at minimum, a dismissal from military service or a dishonorable discharge.

‘‘The word should go out clearly and strongly that if you commit a sexual assault in the military, you are out,’’ said Representative Michael Turner, an Ohio Republican. Turner and Representative Niki Tsongas, a Massachusetts Democrat, wrote many of the provisions in the House bill.

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