In a issue that has split opinions in the Republican Party, a U.S. House Rules Committee has just pulled a requirement that women sign up for the draft.
According to the Associated Press, the committee acquiesced to pressure from conservatives and removed the female selective service proposal from an annual defense policy bill. The proposal would have required women between 18 and 25 to sign up for the draft.
Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions helped lead the opposition to the measure, saying, "I have the utmost respect and deepest appreciation for the young women who bravely volunteer to serve our country, but I am adamantly opposed to coercing America's daughters to sign up for the Selective Service at 18 years of age."
Maryland Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer, meanwhile, rebuked the decision to drop the draft requirement by labeling it as inequality toward women.
Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman advocated for either keeping the female draft requirement or getting rid of Selective Service for everyone, saving American taxpayers $23 each year.
What do you think about this decision?