House, Senate reach deal on to change military handling of rape

SAN ANTONIO – The House of Representatives and the Senate have reached a deal on how the military handles sexual assault cases.

A bipartisan group of senators said they want to see the Military Improvement Act attached with the $585 billion spending bill.

Over 20 basic training instructors were court martialed after they were accused of sexually assaulting trainees.

"We have an obligation to protect the young men and women who step forward and defend our nation," said Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "I'm proud to stand with the senators here, stand united and say enough is enough. The time is now."

The spending bill will provide the funding to expand the United States' mission in Iraq to counter Isis and also includes a 1 percent pay raise for all troops.