Senate passes amendment to ban torture: The Senate on Tuesday approved an amendment to the defense policy bill that bans the United States from subjecting prisoners to torture, including waterboarding and rectal feeding, The Hill reports. The amendment, introduced by Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), passed with a vote of 78 to 21.
Cornyn criticizes Senate Democrats for blocking cyber measure: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) took to the Senate floor Tuesday to criticize Senate Democrats who are blocking passage of a cybersecurity amendment to the defense policy bill. The amendment would expand the sharing of information between companies and the government about cyberthreats. See Cornyn’s full remarks here.
Senate rejects Gillibrand’s military sexual assault amendment: The Senate on Tuesday voted against an amendment to the defense policy bill that would have changed the way the military handles sexual assault cases, USA Today reports. The amendment, proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), aimed to give military prosecutors, rather than commanders, decision-making power over which cases to prosecute.