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Burgess remarks on House floor concerning NDAA provision

September 21, 2021


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), delivered the following remarks from the House floor concerning the provision within the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 requiring women to register for the Selective Service.

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"The National Defense Authorization Act includes a provision requiring women to register for the selective service. All men have 30 days from their 18th birthday to register for the selective service in case a draft becomes necessary. The last draft was called in 1972.

"We are fortunate to have an all-volunteer military force, and our citizens unite in times of need rather than run scared. The selective service has outlived its necessity.

"However, since it remains a requirement, we must not fundamentally change the relationship between the government and the governed by slipping a provision to add women to the draft into this massive defense bill.

"A change of this magnitude requires its own vote by every Member representing their constituents. I supported an amendment to strike this language from the bill, but the Democrats are not permitting its consideration on the floor. I believe this is a mistake."

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