Subject: Capitol Hill source says women in the draft provision shelved
By Ellen Mitchell 11/04/2016 11:58 AM EDT
House and Senate negotiators trying to iron out a final defense policy bill plan to shelve a Senate provision requiring women to register for the draft with the Selective Service, according to a congressional source directly involved in the talks.
The provision — which the House didn’t include — simply doesn’t have enough support in both chambers, said the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly, and will not be in the final bill.
“Neither majorities support it,” the source said. “There’s bigger things to worry about.”
Indeed, lawmakers still have dozens of provisions to work on in their separate defense policy bills, with a tight deadline to finish negotiations after Tuesday’s election.
Among the differences that remain, the source said:
— A committee amendment from Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) that would curb an executive order on contractor workplace discrimination protections based on sexual orientation. Multiple Senate Democrats signed a letter last month urging that the provision to be removed from the final NDAA, implying they could potentially filibuster the defense bill.
— A provision in the House bill that blocks the greater sage grouse from being listed as an endangered species.
— The numerous acquisition reform provisions in the House and Senate versions of the bill which had “striking differences” in their length and philosophical approach, according to the Congressional Research Service.
— A final funding figure, incluidng how much of the $18 billion added to the war spending account by the House to retain in a final bill.