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

About the bill

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 ...

Sponsor and status

Duncan 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 was not enacted.


Feb 4, 2016

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

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.

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

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