Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Unlikely coalition wants women to register for military draft

Driving the news: Whether allowing women to serve in combat also means they should have to sign up for the military draft has been a debate for decades. Now, an unlikely coalition of feminists, veterans and conservatives could make it law as part of the Senate's expected passage of the National Defense Authorization Act.

  • The House included the change when it passed its version of the NDAA in September. The Senate could act as early as this week.
  • A majority on the Senate Armed Services Committee backed the change in a markup over the summer. One group of Republicans now is renewing an effort to block it as the Senate considers amendments before a final vote, but it's not clear they have the numbers to stop it.
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said for years the draft also should apply to women.

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