Lawmakers Remove Female Draft From Defense Bill

Lawmakers Remove Female Draft From Defense Bill

( – Congress oversees military funding through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA specifies the Defense Department’s budget and expenditures, and Congress must pass the measure annually. On Tuesday evening, December 7, the House passed the defense bill with one glaring omission — a proposed measure expanding the Selective Service System, or draft, to include women.

The omission was considered a victory for conservative lawmakers like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), an Iraq war veteran, who opposed the measure. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) said the provision came from a misguided understanding of equality that would only serve to force a woke ideology on American service members.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), and other leading Republicans also spoke out against the inclusion of women in the draft.

In early September, the Democratic-led House Armed Services Committee approved the amendment, which would require women to register with the Selective Service System. The measure passed a couple of weeks later in the full House. However, Republicans pushed back, and the final negotiated version of the NDAA omitted the requirement.

The amendment would’ve forced all women between 18 and 25 to sign up for the draft. The US hasn’t drafted anyone since the waning days of the Vietnam War in the 1970s, but the government still requires men to register when they turn 18.

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