The legislation comes in response to a military online photo-sharing scandal currently under investigation by the Department of Defense.
"They handled it so poorly."
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand held a hearing on sexual assault in the military two days after the Military Justice Improvement Act was blocked in the Senate.
But the fiscal cliff could complicate matters. "It's a large amount of money when the federal government doesn't have huge amounts of surplus," Schumer says.