<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>
(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.