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Congress Poised to Strike Provision Expanding Draft to Women Following Hawley Demand

Press reports indicate that, following a months-long effort led by U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), language expanding registration to the draft for women will be removed from the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Senator Hawley said, “It appears the NDAA will no longer require women to register for the military draft. I certainly hope that is the case. If it is not, then I will keep fighting for a vote on the Senate floor to strip this wrong and misguided provision...

Hawley Continues Fight to Remove Female Draft Provision in NDAA

As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), U.S. Senator Josh Hawley is calling on the Senate to take up a vote on his amendment to remove the provision currently in the bill that forces women to register for the U.S. Selective Service System. Five more colleagues – U.S. Senators Daines, Lankford, Boozman, Lee, and Rubio – have signed on to the Senator’s amendment over the last several days, in addition to five others last week.
  
“Women have...

Five Senators Join Hawley Amendment This Week to Remove NDAA Provision that Forces Women to Register for Military Draft

Five Senators have signed on to a new amendment led by U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (Mo.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would remove a provision currently in the bill that requires women to register for the Selective Service System.

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (Tex.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Roger Wicker (Miss.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), and Roger Marshall (Kan.) cosponsored Senator Hawley’s amendment this week. Should this...

Senator Hawley Leads Effort to Remove NDAA Provision Forcing Women to Enter Draft

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) will introduce an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week to remove the provision requiring women to register for the Selective Service System.

“It is wrong to force our daughters, mothers, wives, and sisters to fight our wars,” said Senator Hawley. “Our country is extremely grateful for the brave women who have volunteered to serve our country with and alongside our fighting forces. They have played a vital role in...

Hawley, Blunt Resolution Honoring Lance Corporal Schmitz and Fallen Missourians Passes Senate

Last night, the Senate passed U.S. Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) resolution honoring Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz of Wentzille, Mo.,  and each of the 56 Missourians who gave their lives during the war in Afghanistan. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) cosponsored the resolution and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) introduced a companion resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Hawley: Biden was Fighting “Phony Culture War” While Americans in Afghanistan Paid the Price

On the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) lambasted President Joe Biden for waging a “phony culture war” while ignoring the chaos unfolding in Afghanistan as a result of his administration’s failed withdrawal. Senator Hawley also called out Democrats in Congress for looking the other way on Biden’s failed withdrawal, saying he will “force the Senate to actually vote on Joe Biden’s nominees for leadership positions in the Departments of State and Defense. In the face of this...

Senator Hawley and Colleagues Send Letter to SASC Chairman Demanding More Time to Question Austin, Milley, McKenzie at Hearing Next Week

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and several colleagues sent a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed (D-R.I.) today in response to concerns that committee members would be capped at one round of five-minute questioning during the long-awaited hearing on the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, set for next Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 on Capitol Hill. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.)...

Sen. Hawley Honors Fallen Missourians, Pledges to Hold State, DoD Nominees Until Top Officials Resign Over Afghanistan Disaster

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) gave a speech on the Senate Floor honoring Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz of Wentzville, Mo. and each of the 56 Missourians who made the ultimate sacrifice in the war in Afghanistan. In his speech he pledged to hold the nomination of any nominee for the Department of Defense or for the Department of State until Secretary Austin, Secretary Blinken, and Jake Sullivan resign.

Senator Hawley Statement on Attacks in Afghanistan

“Our nation is forever indebted to the brave Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice today. And we remember as well the innocent Afghanis who needlessly perished. Joe Biden has now overseen the deadliest day for US troops in Afghanistan in over a decade, and the crisis grows worse by the hour. We must reject the falsehood peddled by a feckless president that this was the only option for withdrawal. This is the product of Joe Biden’s catastrophic failure of leadership. It is now painfully clear...