The amendment was part of a $602 BILLION defense bill. John McCain thinks it’s ‘only fair’ now that the armed services has opened all roles to females. Ted Cruz is showing strong opposition. What do you think about this?
Women may soon be required to register for the military draft.
The Senate overwhelmingly passed a $602 billion defense bill Tuesday that included an amendment that would require women to register for the draft — also known as the selective service — for the first time in history.
The National Defense Authorization Act passed 85-13, although some Republican senators protested against the inclusion of the provision pertaining to women and the draft.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, slammed the measure last week during a Senate session, calling it “a radical departure” from American history.
“The idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls into combat to my mind makes little or no sense,” he said.
But the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, rebuked Cruz’s stance, calling including women in the draft “simply fair” now that the Pentagon has opened all military roles to women.
“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.
Cruz never served in the military while McCain was a naval aviator and prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.
The Senate’s bill still needs to go through a reconciliation process with a different House version of the legislation. The White House has threatened to veto the defense bill due to other provisions that the administration’s Office of Management and Budget called “attempts to micromanage” the Department of Defense. However the overwhelming number of Senators who approved the bill would be more than enough to override a veto.