Military Defense News: Women to be Included in Draft

And the Hits just keep on coming… Stupid, Stupid, Stupid. First off, initiating another draft would be a COLOSSAL mistake, one of the things that makes the U.S. superior is that we are a 100% VOLUNTEER MILITARY FORCE. Now you want to throw women into that mix just for the sake of inclusion and “Equality”.  DUMB. -SF


The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping defense policy bill that includes among its many Pentagon reforms a provision requiring women to register for the draft.

The Senate approved the National Defense Authorization Act 85-13, but some Republicans voted against it because it contained the requirement to register women with the Selective Service System. The proposal was not considered on the Senate floor, since it was included in the bill that emerged from the Armed Services Committee.

 But the issue loomed large over the final vote. Heritage Action, the conservative advocacy arm of The Heritage Foundation, deemed the defense policy bill a “key vote” that would count on its annual lawmaker scorecards because of the draft language.

“It is a radical change that is attempting to be foisted on the American people,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said. “The idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls into combat, to my mind, makes little or no sense. It is at a minimum a radical proposition. I could not vote for a bill that did so, particularly that did so without public debate.”

In all, Republicans voted 48-6 on the bill, which authorizes $602 billion in defense spending for the new 2017 fiscal year. Democrats voted 37-7.

Some Republicans, however, supported the inclusion of women in the draft Service, now only required of men ages 18 to 26. Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) backed it during closed committee markup, where a vote to strip the provision failed 7-19 and split Republicans 7-7.

“Every uniform leader of the United States military seemed to have a different opinion from the senator from Texas whose military background is not extensive,” McCain said on the floor. “After months of rigorous oversight, a large bipartisan majority on the Armed Services Committee agreed that there is simply no further justification to limit Selective Service registration to men.”

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) had proposed an amendment, co-sponsored by Cruz, to strip the women-in-the-draft provision from the bill. But it didn’t receive a vote — although McCain contended that he gave Lee a chance to offer his amendment and the senator declined.

In fact, Lee blocked numerous amendments from being considered on the bill because he wanted a chance for his other amendment on indefinite detention of U.S. citizens to get a vote. And that particularly steamed McCain when an amendment to reauthorize the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa program was blocked.

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