A provision has been dropped from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have forced women to register for the military draft.
Two sources close to the matter confirmed to Politico that this provision had in fact been dropped, which comes as a major shock, given the fact that the proposal had garnered bipartisan support in the House and Senate earlier this year.
This is a huge victory for conservatives who had been fighting to have the provision stripped from the bill. Conservative Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) took to Twitter yesterday to say that f the provision were to be included in the final bill, he “will continue to insist on a vote on the Senate floor to strike the provision.”
After the proposal was removed, Hawley told Fox News that this was “tremendous news” for Americans everywhere.
“This is obviously something I fought since the committee stage,” Hawley added. “I forced a vote in the committee on this provision and forced a roll call vote on it and have obviously been prepared to force a vote on the same provision on the Senate floor. If this is accurate, I think that this is a big victory for common sense. And I’m glad to have helped lead the charge on this.”
Hawley went on to say that he feels that proposing for women to be required to sign up for the draft is indicative of a bigger culture war happening in the U.S. at the moment.
“The Left clearly has made a culture war their priority across a lot of fronts,” he said, adding that with everything happening in the world today, it’s surprising that Joe Biden’s administration would be focused on drafting women.
“I just think it’s unbelievable,” Hawley said. “And it really shows that they have been hijacked by these cultural issues.”
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) celebrated the removal of this provision from the bill by blasting it as “imposing a woke ideology on our troops rather than meeting the current needs of our military.”
“Women are not chess pieces in a political game. They are doctors, lawyers, engineers and already valuable members of our all-volunteer force,” Hartzler continued. “I applaud the removal of this unnecessary provision and am grateful to see reasonable minds come together to join me in resisting this effort.”
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) felt the same way, tweeting, “We should not draft women. I am glad that my efforts with Sen. Hawley made that clear.”
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) December 7, 2021
In the end, Hawley feels that the left will not get away with what they are doing.
“They’re trying to create a culture war and I think it’s one that they are going to lose because the American people like our culture,” Hawley predicted, saying that his constituents were “flabbergasted” by the very idea of drafting women.
“I’m not in favor of using the military as a social experiment,” he concluded. “And I think they need to get back to focusing on defensive security issues when it comes to our military.”