NYT: McCaskill Part of Women of the Senate Pushing the Sexual Abuse Issue to Headlines
June 3, 2013



WASHINGTON — Senator Claire McCaskill wandered down the dais at the Senate Armed Services Committee’s first hearing of the year and noticed a startling tableau: women to the left, women to the right.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a veteran Republican member of one of the Senate’s most testosterone-driven panels, was now flanked by them on both sides, including by two Republican colleagues, Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska.

“You’re toast, Graham,” cracked Ms. McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat.

Ms. McCaskill’s joke reflected the seven women now on the Armed Services Committee, a high, and the role that a record 20 female senators are playing on powerful committees. Of the four most prestigious Senate panels — Appropriations, Armed Services, Finance and Foreign Relations — women now hold 18 spots, an increase of nearly 65 percent over the last decade.

But nowhere is the presence of so many women more pronounced than on the Senate Armed Services Committee, where the women on the 26-member panel have forced the long-simmering issue of sexual assault in the military to the forefront on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers have tried to pursue the sexual assault problem for years, with little impact. But now a slew of attention-grabbing bills — most written by women — are intended to end what senior military officials say is a crisis and President Obama has called a disgrace.

“When I raised the issue of rape in the military seven years ago, there was dead silence,” said Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat and member of the committee. “Clearly they are changing things around here.”

Video: Blunt & McCaskill Question Panetta on Benghazi Attack
February 8, 2013

Here are portions of the questioning of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the Senate Armed Services Committee by Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill.
The clips are supplied by their Senate offices:

Blunt says DOD Nominee Hagel Did Not Have a Good day; VIDEO: Both Blunt & McCaskill Question Hagel
February 1, 2013

Bogth Missouri Senators are members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, So both Democrat Claire Mccaskill and Republican Roy Blunt were part of Thursday’s confirmation hearing for Seceretary of Defense nominee, former Senator Chuck Hagel.
Here are video clips provided by their offices on thier questioning of Hagel: