Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand expressed confidence Sunday about getting enough votes this week to change how the military deals with victims of rape and other violent crimes — a proposal that has sharply divided Washington.

The New York Democrat is leading the effort to give armed-services victims lawyers outside the military’s chain of command, as a way to prosecuting their attackers.

“I think we’ll get” the votes, Gillibrand said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We want to make sure that the men and women who serve our military have a justice system deserving of their sacrifices. They are literally giving their lives for our values, for our country. They shouldn’t have a justice system that is rife with bias and unfairness.”

Gillibrand’s plan is facing a strong, united opposition from the Pentagon’s top echelon and its allies in Congress. However, she made clear Sunday that she wouldn’t soften the legislation by excluding cases of murder and theft to garner more votes.

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