The lead sponsor of an ambitious proposal to overhaul how the Pentagon handles allegations of sexual assault and rape says she's pushing to hold a vote on the plan before the end of the year.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) says she has assurances from Senate Democratic leaders that her plan to strip military commanders of any involvement in reviewing allegations of assault and rape will earn a vote at some point in the coming weeks, even though it will not be added to the annual defense policy bill set to be passed by Congress in the coming days.

With just a few days left on the congressional calendar, leaders of the House and Senate armed services committees agreed Monday to quickly advance a version of the National Defense Authorization Act this week without consideration of dozens of amendments proposed by senators.