(Hill– A provision of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that could add women to the military has been repealed, according to legislation filed Tuesday.
A source familiar with the negotiations confirmed that the provision had been stripped, but did not respond to a question as to why the measure was dropped.
But according to Politico, which first reported the move, the provision was stripped so Republicans could accept changes to the military justice system.
The move comes as lawmakers move toward passing the final NDAA that the Senate was considering last week. The Act has encountered some difficulty over the amendments that will receive votes.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) said in the letter To colleagues on Monday that he has dropped the Senate version of the defense policy bill and will put the final negotiated version on the floor.
“For the next week, we anticipate the processing of nominations and a final conference agreement on the NDAA. Because it can take time to process those items in the Senate without cooperation, Senators should prepare for potential votes over the weekend,” he said.
The last time the United States introduced military service was the Vietnam War. However, all male citizens between the ages of 18 and 25 must register for the so-called Selective Service System.
An expansion of Selective Services has been considered since 2016, when all combat jobs were open to female service members.
Both Senate and House Armed Services Committees voted to include draft extension language to their respective agency’s version of the law.
However, some Republicans have blasted the move.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced an amendment to the NDAA in early November that could have removed the clause.
In an interview with Fox News, Hawley hailed the removal as “great news.”
Hawley told Fox: “If this is accurate, I think this is a huge win over common sense. “And I’m happy to have helped lead the way on this.”
Lee tweeted: “We shouldn’t discuss women. “I’m glad my efforts with Senator Hawley made that clear.”
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