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H.R. 4478 (114th): Draft America’s Daughters Act of 2016

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Under current law, male citizens age 18 to 25 are required to register with the Selective Service, so that they may be called up in the event of a military draft. Women are not required to register, a position long upheld -- including in the 1981 Supreme Court decision Rostker v. Goldberg -- on the basis that women were not allowed to serve in combat positions.

But that may change now that all combat jobs have been open to women since December. A new bill would require women to register for the draft as well.

H.R. 4478, the Draft America’s Daughters Act, was introduced earlier this month by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA50), a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The bill was introduced two days …

Sponsor and status

Duncan D. Hunter

Sponsor. Representative for California's 50th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 4, 2016
Length: 3 pages
Feb 4, 2016
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 4, 2016, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


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Feb 4, 2016

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H.R. 4478 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4478. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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