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American Daughters Will Not Face Draft After Provision Dropped From Final Defense Bill
U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) speaks at a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee hearing on June 10, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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After opposition led by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have dropped a provision from the final version of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act that would have required American women over the age of 18 to register for the military draft.

Politico first reported the story based on “two people with knowledge of the negotiations.” The D.C.-based media outlet categorizes the decision as a win for conservatives and a loss for progressives:

The move is a victory for conservatives who fought to strip the provision. Earlier attempts to kill the proposal came up short because lawmakers from both parties supported including women in the draft. Expanding Selective Service has gained momentum since all combat roles in the military were opened to women.

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