DNA COLLECTION KITS FOR MILITARY INCLUDED IN DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION CONFERENCE REPORT
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Maloney applauded the House for passing H.R. 4200, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2005, which includes her amendment to erase the backlog in untested DNA kits, reduce the processing time of the kits, and ensure the armed forces have sufficient number of kits. The amendment also directs the Secretary of Defense to ensure that personnel are trained in the use of these kits.
“I am pleased that this legislation will require the military to use DNA technology to solve and prosecute sexual assault cases,” Maloney said. “Now it’s time for the Senate to move forward with House-passed legislation that will help bring justice to the civilian victims and survivors of sexual assault.”
Maloney was joined by many of her House colleagues earlier this year in sending two letters to Secretary Rumsfeld urging him to act immediately to prevent sexual assaults from occurring in the military. Additionally, the Congressional Women’s Caucus held hearings in Washington at which military sex abuse victims testified that abuse often goes without criminal punishment.