Women may soon be required to register for the military draft.
The senate overwhelmingly passed a 602-billion dollar defense bill Tuesday, June 14.
Included in the legislation is an amendment that would require women to register for selective service for the first time in history.
Senator Ted Cruz stood against the inclusion of the provision, but Senator John McCain called it, “Simply fair” now that the pentagon has opened all military roles to women.
Partner at Ziff Law Firm, Christina Sonsire, described this as a hot-button political issue. She added some perspective on why some are supporting the inclusion of women.
“We’ve Opened the military up to women women should have to register with the selective service and if you look at the vote that occurred yesterday in the Senate there were only 13 no votes in the Senate and it was almost the full Senate voting so out of almost 100 people there were only 13 no’s.”
The Senate’s Defense Bill will now be reconciled with a house version of the legislation.
The White House has threatened to veto the defense bill, but not because of the draft inclusion.
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