(PatriotWise.com)- Last week the Senate Armed Services Committee endorsed a new $777.9 billion defense authorization bill that, along with the spending, included a provision requiring women to register for the draft.
While the US Military has not instituted a draft since the Vietnam War, men between the ages of 18 and 26 are still legally required to be registered with the Selective Service System. In the new defense authorization bill, the language has been changed from “men” to “all Americans.”
The change, originally proposed by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI), is something Congress has been debating since 2016. Both Senate and House Armed Services committees included the change in their 2016 defense budgets, but it didn’t end up in the final bill because the House dropped the language. Instead, the legislation included funding to create a commission to look into the issue of including women in Selective Service.
In early 2020, the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service recommended that women be required to register.
Overall, the price tag for the defense budget agreement could lead to a showdown between the Senate, which favors increased defense spending, and the House Democrats and the Biden Administration, which prefer to pare down the spending.
President Biden had only requested $715 billion. It is unlikely the White House will give the additional $25 billion in spending its seal of approval.
Meanwhile, over at the House, the far-Left Democrats have been pushing for a ten percent cut in defense spending. But a cut that significant would be difficult to pass in either the House or the Senate.
In defending adding women to Selective Service, cosponsor Ron Wyden (D-OR) argued that it has been nearly fifty years since the military used the draft and he couldn’t imagine a scenario where it would be used today.
Which begs the question, why do it?
If there is no possible scenario in which the US would reinstitute the draft, why go to the trouble of adding women to it? Unless of course, instead of legislating, the Senate Armed Services Committee is more interested in virtue signaling.