The House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Thursday night after a lengthy amendment debate that took up most of the day. This annual bill is considered “must pass” legislation as it reauthorizes and funds the military. This summer, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) marked up its version of the legislation and it’s expected to come to the floor of the U.S. Senate for a full vote later this fall.
Before this year ends, President Joe Biden will undoubtedly sign it into law. This is all exceptionally bad news for both America’s defense posture and for anyone who has a daughter or granddaughter.
In an unbelievable move, both House and Senate Republicans, many of whom view themselves as “defense hawks,” voted to add far-left language to the bill that would draft our young daughters in a time of national emergency. In the House, 135 Republicans voted last night to do just that.
It remains to be seen how many Senate Republicans have the spine to oppose this disgrace on the floor, but the outlook thus far does not look promising. Only five SASC Republicans opposed drafting our daughters during the committee mark-up. Those five were Sens. Tom Cotton, James Inhofe, Roger Wicker, Mike Rounds, and Josh Hawley.