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Senate approves women registering for the draft

Posted at 9:49 PM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 23:49:12-04
For the first time in American history, women may soon be required to register for the draft.
 
The requirement comes in the form of an amendment attached to the 602 billion dollar National Defense Authorization Act which passed The Senate in a 85-13 vote, Tuesday.
 
While the majority of republican Senators voted yes on the bill, both Idaho Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo voted no.
 
Senator Risch told On Your Side that while his biggest opposition to the bill is lack of funding, he also believes compelling women to register for the draft is unfair. 
 
"I believe that women should have every opportunity to defend their country just like men do equally if they want to do that. They should have the ability to do any job that they are qualified and have the ability to preform but forcing them into military service I am very much opposed to," explained Senator Risch.
 
The bill will now hear to a conference committee to be reworked and revised.