U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after a provision requiring women to sign up for the draft was dropped from the National Defense Authorization Act.

“I’m glad Congress came to its senses and kept this particular culture war out of the national defense bill. Here’s the truth: This fiasco was completely unnecessary because we’ve already got an all-volunteer fighting force and nobody in the Pentagon is currently calling to reinstate the draft. While partisans bicker about whether we should hypothetically draft moms and daughters, the Chinese Communist Party is laser-focused on taking Taiwan and militarily surpassing the United States. We’ve got real problems and it’s good to see Congress scrap this in this year’s defense bill.”


In 2016, Sasse succeeded in keeping an unnecessary culture war provision on expanding the draft to women out of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.