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Posted on Sep 16, 2016 Print this Article

Issue 43B: September 2016

Further to my note just prior to Labor Day, it's time to sound the alarm about legislation to "Draft America's Daughters," which members of a House/Senate Conference Committee need to remove from the massive National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2017.
As you may recall, after a surprise vote last May for House Armed Services Committee legislation mandating that young women register with Selective Service after their 18th birthday, we were successful in blocking this legislation from the House version of the NDAA bill. (HR 4909)
But then Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain insisted on putting similar legislation to Draft Our Daughters, plus a step toward mandatory National Service, into the Senate version of the NDAA.  Chairman McCain did this without notice and behind closed doors. (SR 2814)
Now the Senate is back in session, trying to wrap things up in time for an early pre-election recess. Within a few days or weeks, members of the House/Senate Conference Committee will hammer out a combined version of the National Defense Authorization Act.The only responsible thing to do is for Senate conferees to "recede" to the House language, which calls for a study of Selective Service but does not include a mandate co-ed conscription.
If you care about this issue, the time to act is NOW!
Will you do what you can to make sure the defense bill does not include a mandate to Draft Our Daughters?
We need a storm of phone calls, letters, tweets, re-tweets, and thousands of congressional office website messages to persuade Chairman McCain and members of the Conference Committee that they must not pass legislation to Draft Our Daughters.
The articles about previous House and Senate actions which are embedded in the links above, include abundant background information on the issue.  CMR has also prepared this updated, one-page, two-sided Summary to make it easy for members of all interested organizations to activate their own communication networks and social media contacts to spread the news with urgency:
The Fact Sheet includes information on how the legislators voted and lists the seventeen senators who co-signed a "Dear Colleague" letter circulated by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). All co-signers of the Sasse letter, which respectfully asked Chairman McCain to reconsider and to drop his harmful Draft Our Daughters legislation from the Defense Authorization bill, should be thanked.
Sen. Sasse delivered his letter to Chairman McCain and other Conference Committee leaders on Monday, September 12, but senators who did not co-sign the Sasse letter should be encouraged to join Sen. Mike Rounds (SD), in sending their own messages to Chairman McCain and other members of the Conference Committee.
There is a great need for more grassroots pressure to persuade Chairman McCain to defer to the House version of the bill, which does not include a mandate to register young women.
The Department of Defense registered objections to many provisions in the Senate bill, but not to Chairman McCain's Draft Our Daughters provision.
This means that if the NDAA passes with McCain's language intact, President Obama will sign it, doing irreparable harm to military readiness as well as to young women.
We hope that you will encourage your members to contact their own members of the Senate and House, particularly Armed Services Committee members who will be involved in the House/Senate Conference to reconcile both versions of the NDAA.  As you know, there are many ways to do this, listed here for your convenience:
  • Call U.S. Capitol Switchboard to reach all offices: 202/224-3121
  • Write your Senator, Senate Office Building: Washington, D.C. 20510
  • Write your Congressman, House Office Building: Washington, D.C. 20515
  • Send a message on his/her webpages for constituent messages. 
  • Use the very easy Mark Prasec Live "Don't Draft Our Daughters" Twitter Action Page to tweet and retweet messages to senators marked "Yes" if they signed the Sasse letter and "No" if they did not.
Our chances of success on the Draft Our Daughters issue are good but trade-off decisions will be made behind closed doors and the situation is unpredictable.  Please consider doing whatever you can at this critical time.
More information is available on our webpage,  If you have questions or would like to share information, please call Elaine Donnelly at 734/464-9430.
Tribute to Phyllis Schlafly
The sad news that Phyllis Schlafly died on September 5 at the age of 92, only a few weeks after her vigorous activities at the Cleveland Republican National Convention, hit the conservative movement hard. She was a constant, unfailing friend of the military and an advocate for superiority in national defense. These are some thoughts that Elaine Donnelly posted on
 Supportiong Our Military at the Values Voter Summit
CMR President Elaine Donnelly was pleased to participate in a panel discussion at the Family Research Council's nationally-known and influential Values Voters Summit on Friday, September 9. You can see the panel discussion titled The U.S. Military: Ready - Or Not? linked here, in the middle of many fine speakers at the popular event this year:

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The Center for Military Readiness, founded in 1993, is an independent, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) public policy organization that reports on and analyzes military/social issues.  Nothing in this article should be construed as an endorsement of any candidate. More information on all issues discussed is available on the CMR website,
Posted on Sep 16, 2016 Print this Article