The United States Senate has approved a $602 billion defense bill that includes a provision that women will be required to register for the draft.
The bill was passed 85-13 with Ted Cruz being the most outspoken Senator against the bill.
“The idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls into combat to my mind makes little or no sense,” he said.
John McCain berated Cruz, “Every uniform leader of the United States military seemed to have a different opinion from the senator from Texas, whose military background is not extensive.”
Women have had a strong tradition serving in the military beginning in 1775.
Watch this brief synopsis detailing the history of women in the military:
Marine Corps commandant Gen. Robert Neller and chief of staff of the Army, Gen. Mark Milley both supported the idea of including women in the Selective Service.
According to the Selective Service website, “Almost all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service.”
If this bill passes the house and makes it to the President’s desk, women will be included in the Selective Service.
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H/T: CNN Politics