Home > Uncategorized > <a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=694&ncid=703&e=2&u=/ap/20040922/ap_on_el_pr/kerry" target="_new">Kerry campaign warns that the draft is likely to return in the next Bush term.</a>

<a href="http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=694&ncid=703&e=2&u=/ap/20040922/ap_on_el_pr/kerry" target="_new">Kerry campaign warns that the draft is likely to return in the next Bush term.</a>

To which I say, you're referring to House Bill 163 and its Senate counterpart bill S.89

(Links to bills are not permanent, but you can look them up again by going to thomas.loc.gov and searching for H 163 and S.89)

To wit, both bills seek “to provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.”

In other words, there is a bill in both Houses of Congress to reinstitute the draft. But who's sponsoring it?

In the Senate, that would be Senator Ernest Fritz Hollings (D-SC). Notice the D? Democratic Senator. No co-sponsors.

In the House, the sponsors would be:

Charles Rangel (D-NY)
Jim McDermott, (D-WA)
John Conyers (D-MI)
John Lewis (D-GA)
Pete Stark (D-CA)
Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)
Corrine Brown (D-FL)
Donna M. Christensen (D-VI) (Delegate to the US Congress from the US Virgin Islands)
William “Lacy” Clay Jr. (D-MO)
Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD)
Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL)
Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D-IL)
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Jim Moran (D-VA)
Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) (Non-voting represenative for the District of Columbia)

Notice anything missing from that line-up? Rs. All the sponsors are Democrats.

Latest major action on the Senate bill was 1/7/2003, when it was referred to the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

Latest major action on the House bill was 2/3/2003. The actions noted are “House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Executive Comment Requested from DOD.”

Going by this line-up, I'd be more worried that the draft is going to be re-instituted under a Kerry administration. I would be, except I recognize that this is more cynical political move than actual policy shift. Also, of course, Vice-Presidential candidate Edwards has promised that there won't be a military draft if the Democrats win.

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