Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has introduced an amendment to the Senate's fiscal 2017 defense policy bill that would do away with the draft entirely.
The draft has played a major role in debate of this year's National Defense Authorization Act, the first considered by Congress since the ban on women serving in combat was lifted late last year.
The House Armed Services Committee voted to add all women ages 18-26 to the Selective Service, but the provision was later stripped out in the full House. The House version of the bill still includes a requirement from Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, that would require the Defense Department to look at whether a draft is even still needed.
The bill that passed the Senate Armed Services Committee would still draft women. It's unclear how any differences will be reconciled if they remain when the two chambers head into conference.
The Senate is expected to begin floor debate of the National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday. Senate leadership has not yet determined which amendments lawmakers will consider, but has said amendments will be allowed.
As of Tuesday afternoon, lawmakers have introduced 32 amendments on a variety of issues ranging from Guantanamo Bay transfer restrictions to reports on reducing the stigma of post traumatic stress disorder to cutting the number of top brass in the military.
Here are some other amendments the Senate could consider:
- Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has introduced an amendment that would strip out a provision in the committee's bill that allows the administration to use federal dollars to analyze what it would take to bring Gitmo detainees to the U.S.
- Paul introduced an amendment that would allow troops to carry either open or concealed firearms on military bases if the laws in the state where the base is located allow it.
- Paul introduced another amendment to declassify the 28 pages of the 9/11 report that some suspect implicates Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attack.
- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., introduced an amendment requiring modernization of the aging bomber fleet of B-1s, B-2s and B-52s in case the B-21 long-range strike bomber program is canceled.
- An amendment from Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., would reduce U.S. aid to countries that take in transferred Gitmo detainees, but lose control of them, by $10 million or 10 percent, whichever is less.
- Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., introduced an amendment that would require a background check for those working in military-run childcare centers.