The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual defense bill that directs funding for our nation’s
military. It is a hard bill to vote against, particularly for pro-defense conservatives, but we urge Senate Republicans to filibuster the bill until changes are made and to vote NO if the bill retains the same language that passed the House.
We already told CHQ readers about the “Draft Our Daughters” language in the House bill. Legislation such as this has always been a bad idea, said Center for Military Readiness President Elaine Donnelly, but a key section of the amendment, which has received almost no public awareness or debate, also would change the purpose of Selective service. This blank check amendment would greatly expand Big Government power, at a time when the Biden Administration already is exceeding its authority.
The fact that such a radical, unjustified change is being made without hearings, public debate, or informed national discussion is unconscionable.
As CMR has explained previously, inclusion of women for purposes of “equity” would jam the induction system and slow mobilization due to physical differences that are not going to change. The predictable clash between egalitarian theories and harsh physical realities could cost lives and weaken national defense at the worst possible time.
Our friends at the NRA-ILA later alerted us that language included in the bill by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), would ignore due process protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution and allow for the confiscation of firearms owned by those in the armed forces.
The Speier language would allow the military judicial system to issue ex parte protective orders that prohibit firearm possession. In other words, military personnel could be forcibly disarmed of their lawfully-possessed firearms before having so much as an opportunity to contest the accusations against them and present evidence in their defense. This would represent a clear denial of constitutional due process protections for those who have sworn an oath to protect and defend our country and the U.S. Constitution.
The second provision, offered as an amendment by Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA), would undo components of two export-reform regulations crafted by the Trump Administration. The regulations were designed to enhance the competitiveness of American companies in the firearms and ammunition sectors, remove burdens for gunsmiths and other small businesses, modernize export controls, and enhance national security.
Instead, the Torres amendment would empower anti-gun legislators to inject politics into what is normally an administrative exercise handled by subject matter experts, leading to unnecessary delays and costs to otherwise legal transactions. The amendment passed by a vote 215-213.
It is imperative conservatives stand against this outrageous attempt to sneak our daughters onto the front lines or to enroll all Americans of a certain age into government-directed labor and to use the NDAA to implement anti-constitutional gun control measures that could never pass on their own. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044), tell your Senators to vote YES to strike the “Draft Our Daughters” and gun control language from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and NO on the final passage of the NDAA if the “Draft Our Daughters” and gun control language remains in the bill.
National Defense Authorization Act
Draft Our Daughters
Rep. Jackie Speier
Confiscation of firearms
Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA)