Defense Bill Passed By House Automatically Registers Men 18-26 for Draft

(VitalNews.org) – The House of Representatives has passed a measure that would automatically register men ages eighteen to twenty-six for drafted selective service. This was a part of the National Defense Authorization Act, which lays out the United States government’s military and national security priorities over the next few years.

This year, NDAA approved almost nine hundred billion dollars in military spending, a nine billion dollar increase from last year. It’s mandatory for all male United States citizens to register for selective service, even though this practice has not been implemented in over half a century. Failure of registration is classified as a felony and can come with legal challenges.

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa led the amendment that passed the House Armed Services Committee in an overwhelming vote.

Said Houlahan, “By using available federal databases, the Selective Service agency will be able to register all of the individuals required and thus help ensure that any future military draft is fair and equitable.”

She continued, “This will also allow us to rededicate resources — that means money — towards reading readiness and towards mobilization, rather than towards education and advertising campaigns driven to register people.”

The NDAA also included the largest military pay raise in history with a nineteen percent increase for junior enlisted troops and a four percent increase for everyone else. Along with this, it approved the establishment of a drone force within the U.S. Army and two new Virginia-class submarines.

Although it’s passed this far, it’s not expected to make it to the Senate, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said about the legislation, “Unsurprisingly, the legislation coming out of the House today is loaded with anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice, anti-environment, and other divisive amendments guaranteed not to pass the Senate.”

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