The House Republican Conference expressed assist for the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which incorporates an modification that requires women to register for the draft.

“While President Biden is embroiled in countless national security crises, House Republicans are committed to supporting our troops and keeping America safe and secure through the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022,” research a memo summarizing the caucus’ views. “This is one of the most important bills we will pass in Congress as our military faces unprecedented challenges.”

A House panel voted 35-24 on Sept. 1 to approve an modification launched by Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., that would effectively require women ages 18-25 to register for the Selective Service System like their male counterparts. The Senate Armed Services Committee made an equivalent vote in July to enhance any potential draft to women.

The United States has not instituted a draft on account of the Vietnam War.


“By reforming the Selective Service to be gender-neutral based registration, we draw on the talents of our entire nation in the time of a national emergency,” Houlahan mentioned on the time, in accordance to The Hill. “The current male-only registration sends a message to women not only that they are not vital to the defense of the country, but also that they are not expected to participate in defending it.”

Rep. Michael Waltz, a Florida Republican who voted in favor of the modification, reasoned on the time that if the United States ever needs the draft as quickly as additional, it may “need everybody … man, woman, gay, straight, any religion, black, white, brown.”

According to the text of the invoice, Section 513 is titled “Modernization of the Selective Service System,” and amends the draft-related parts of the U.S. Code by hanging out masculine pronouns and phrases equal to “male citizen” and “male person.” The modification would substitute them merely with “citizen” and “person.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Ca., didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.