Anyone surprised with this?
Ya shouldn’t be….
Leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees left the provision out of the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act, despite the fact that both chambers’ bills would have expanded the Selective Service System beyond men.
The move is a victory for conservatives who fought to strip the provision. Earlier attempts to kill the proposal came up short because lawmakers from both parties supported including women in the draft. Expanding Selective Service has gained momentum since all combat roles in the military were opened to women….
Advocates of reining in presidential war powers also came up short in the defense bill.
Senate Armed Services Chair Jack Reed (D-R.I.) said Monday the bill won’t include repeals of the 2002 Iraq War or 1991 Gulf War authorizations. The Senate had tried, and failed, to secure a vote on the bipartisan repeals, but may still revisit the issue as standalone legislation.
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised a war powers vote on the floor this year, but time is tight for the Senate to slot in a vote on the measure, offered by Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.).
Democratic leaders, meanwhile, are mulling whether to tie the defense bill with efforts to address the debt limit…
This really a smoke screen…
American women have served in combat since the Iraq war…..
Actually since America started fighting wars….