Women In Draft Vote And $602 Billion Defense Bill Causing Friction In Washington

On April 27, a California Republican Representative offered a measure to draft women into the military and thus forcing a vote, in order to also force a discussion as to why a required draft hadn’t already been considered when the executive branch decided to allow women to join the front lines of the military.

As a report by the Associated Press put it, “The 32-30 vote Wednesday night came with a twist: The proposal’s author didn’t back it.”

That representative is Duncan Hunter who is a former marine who served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, who decided not to back his own measure, because he doesn’t agree with women being forced into that kind of combat.

“A draft is there to put bodies on the front lines to take the hill… The draft is there to get more people to rip the enemies’ throats out and kill them.”

The article referring to this House Committee vote a few months ago says that by putting the measure into the bill, Rep. Hunter, meant to dissuade the committee, which clearly backfired, because now military leaders believe that since they have opened up the opportunity for women to serve on the front lines, that they should also be required to be drafted.

Women in draft is voted on in the Senate and added to funding bill that may be vetoed anyway.
U.S. Marine Corp General Robert Neller agrees with women in draft vote. [Photo by Cliff Owen/AP Photo]
In February, before the Senate Armed Services Committee, General Robert. B. Neller suggested this when he was asked by Senator Claire McCaskill, as reported by the Christian Science Monitor.

“It’s my personal view, every American who’s physically qualified should register for the draft.”

Various sources say that the agreement to this is reaching bipartisan approval, but there is a clear divide among conservatives, even those who have made a name for themselves during an election year such as Ted Cruz.

One report by the New York Times says that Senator Ted Cruz completely opposes this as he has two daughters and he could not imagine the draft vote on their behalf, on the senate floor last week.

“The idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls into combat to my mind makes little sense at all.”

After the vote, he followed up with a prepared statement.

“I could not in good conscience vote to draft our daughters into the military, sending them off to war and forcing them into combat.”

Ted Cruz has already spoken on this issue of women in the draft when he was on the campaign trail.

The Inquisitr also wrote about Ted Cruz’s stance four months ago.

Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, a noted war veteran, along with Republican leaders, sides with supporting the bill.

“The fact is every single leader in this country, both men and women, members of the military leadership, believe that it’s fair since we opened up all aspects of the military to women that they would also be registering for Selective Services.”

The Daily Signal however reports that the House Republicans have a plan to strip the draft requirement for women out of the bill before sending it to the Senate, while they’re in conference.

The article says that they had already done this to a different version of the bill back in May.

Senate Republicans approve $602 billion defense spending budget which might be vetoed by the President, as it's likely to be tagged with proposals that will make him signing off on difficult.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., joined by, from left, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., leave a closed-door GOP policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The Senate is taking up the massive 2017 defense budget this week and McCain wants to increase military spending despite federal budget caps. [Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo]
Due to the partisan division with a Republican House majority, the polarization continues even in the Armed Services Committee where they feel more monies are needed to fund the military, which the Senate passed as a $602 billion dollar defense spending bill on Wednesday.

A report by Reuters sums up the provisions, which includes the required draft for women but the Senate still has to match it up with a separate $18 billion dollar defense budget proposal put together by the House Republicans.

According to the article it also suggests that the bill could die in conference or be vetoed by the president, as it has too many provisions that would complicate efforts for the president to do things such as closing Guantanamo Bay.

The more popular argument being made about the women in draft vote, in particular, is that the Obama administration is forcing a social experiment on the American people.

[Photo by Mark Humphrey/AP Photo]

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