Senate overwhelmingly votes to require women to register for the draft

Senate overwhelmingly votes to require women to register for the draft

The Senate voted to require women to register for the draft when they turn 18, just like men, as part of a large military authorization bill Tuesday. The new provision, passed by the Senate 85 to 13, is still far from becoming law, but comes at a time when the U.S. military has gradually lifted previous restrictions on women serving in combat roles in the armed forces.

The vote signals a changing national—and political—mood on the issue, particularly by conservative lawmakers, with the staunchest conservative wing of the Republican party still actively opposing the change. One of those members, predictably, was former presidential candidate Ted Cruz who said the most Ted Cruz thing ever on the Senate floor last week: “The idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls in combat to my mind makes little sense at all.” His fellow Republicans, however, largely disagree with his stance on America’s women.

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