Senate panel approves requiring women to register for Selective Service

Senate panel approves requiring women to register for Selective Service
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[ Ed. – The vote came in a closed-door session and there’s nothing posted about numbers or who voted which way.  You can see who’s on the Armed Services Committee here.  At least one Republican presumably voted for the measure, if all senators were present (the committee and subcommittees are all evenly split, given the Senate split of 50-50).  The House dropped a similar provision from its version of the NDAA, so the Senate language would have to pass the House and get Biden’s signature.]

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved language in its annual defense policy bill that would require women to register for the draft.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) approved by the committee behind closed doors Wednesday “amends the Military Selective Service Act to require the registration of women for Selective Service,” according to a summary released Thursday. …

Congress has been debating whether to expand the registration requirement to women since all combat jobs were opened to female service members in 2016.

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