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Conservatives Defend Ground on Defense Bill

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Every year, Congress passes the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill that governs policies and funding for federal defense agencies. The bill recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is on track for enactment before the end of the year. In a perfect world, the defense bill only focuses on military readiness and fortifying national security. Unfortunately, legislators try to use such an important bill as a vehicle for their non-defense-related pet priorities.

 

At Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), our main job is to be the sticky fly trap for those pet—or perhaps “pest”—priorities. Fortunately, as of this week, our sticky paper has caught the major vermin. We gave decision-makers clear, achievable goals – stop women in the draft, no bankrolling Big Marijuana, and keep out woke data collection mandates. Your activism and our direct communications with staff and legislators made it possible to kick out these bad provisions from the NDAA.

 

Stop Women in the Draft

  • This year, we once more combatted the existential threat of women in the draft. For several years now, certain legislators—Democrat and Republican—have tried to expand the Selective Service to include women. Thankfully, families and advocates batted off this latest attempt to draft our daughters. Leaders like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and his colleagues staked their ground early on by demanding a vote to amend the bill if it included women in the draft. NDAA bill negotiators Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) listened to these legislators and constituents and ensured no Selective Service expansion.
  • We are grateful for the women who volunteer to serve, which includes daughters and mothers at CWA. We also pray towards a world in which we never need the draft. But it is contrary to reason and morals to force women—who would be 18-25—into the draft. Doing so takes away the only reason for a country to fight in the first place: to defend the family at home. If everyone is on the frontlines, the only thing being protected is government for its own sake, and this is antithetical to the proper role of government. The government exists to protect us and not the other way around.

 

Bankrolling Big Marijuana

  • Besides stopping women in the draft, activists successfully intercepted a drug deal to include the unrelated, unsafe “SAFE Banking Act” into the annual defense bill. Law enforcement input was the nail in the coffin. First, the National Sheriffs’ Association gave legislators a grave warning of the harm that the Unsafe Act would bring. The Sheriffs’ Association shared that amid the rising crime wave, its members are seeing a form of THC-induced psychosis when booking criminal defendants. Second, the Department of Justice provided an assessment that law enforcement is in no way prepared to handle the influx of money laundering likely to come from the Unsafe Act’s enactment.
  • The only thing the Unsafe Act achieves is legitimizing the marijuana industry, enabling criminal behavior. It gives marijuana businesses access to the federal banking system, and it grants access with no regulation or guidance for the financial and law enforcement industries. Enactment only exposes the economy to money laundering, and there will be little to show for the benefits proponents proclaim.

 

Woke Data Collection Mandate

  • Finally, negotiators said “no thanks” to woke data collection efforts, which have been kicked out of the bill. These efforts seek to inoculate “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” into as many areas of federal law as possible. This time, it was mandates on data collection of veterans and small business loans from the federal government. However, there is no limit to the ways in which the Left will try to include radical gender ideology in federal law.
  • It is worth noting that these provisions are but a snapshot of the unrelated riders that legislators often try to attach to the annual defense bill. Most bills “die” before they ever reach the level of consideration by a congressional committee. Some of these bills are great ideas and worthy of merit. But that is no excuse to cut corners—or as we say in the legislative world—circumvent “regular order.” This practice of cutting corners makes the NDAA more controversial than it needs to be. National security is critical, and no pet project, much less one fueled by leftist ideology, should dilute that goal.

 

Making our opposition loud and clear from the beginning helped focus this bill on national security. It is only with raising our voices and hard work that we have a shot at keeping out advances by the Left.

Good News!! Don’t Draft our Daughters Wins the Day

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With the Biden Administration and a partisan majority on Capitol Hill pushing destructive policies at every turn, it’s not often that we are able to share good news from Washington, D.C. Today is an exception!

We have confirmed that Congress will NOT be moving forward with a wrong-headed policy forcing young women to register for a potential military draft. Working with our allies in Congress, we stopped the move to draft our daughters in its tracks.

Your donation to Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee makes this kind of work possible.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) was on the frontline of this battle from Day One, drawing a bright line of opposition and leading others to stand strong against this policy. As CWALAC CEO and President Penny Nance emphasized in her opening statement:

“American women are free to serve and proud to serve, but they shouldn’t be forced to serve. Young women today need to know they are respected for their female status and the many essential roles women embrace in all seasons of life as workers, wives, mothers, and caregivers. Setting women up to be sent to war shouldn’t be one of them ….

“Congress has never justified as a matter of military readiness or national security a reversal in selective service policy that would force our daughters under penalty of law to gamble their lives on the lottery of war.”

CWAs Legislative Action Committee fought tirelessly to prevent this unjustified, monumental reversal in military policy from seeing the light of day in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act:

  • We initiated a Coalition Letter galvanizing conservative leaders and grassroots organizations to stand up and fight this policy.
  • We produced a Fact Sheet to educate Members of Congress and provide the case against adding young women to the Selective Service.
  • We provided leading analysis of the text to behind-the-scenes decision-makers exposing the multiple unintended consequences of the far-reaching language.
  • Our Action Center galvanized our grassroots supporters to send thousands of messages to members of Congress urging them to oppose drafting our daughters.
  • We informed of public opinion showing DECLINING support among women since 2016, the last time this issue was debated in Congress.
  • Our Young Women for America team produced a video relating the views and concerns of young women about this policy.
  • We held members accountable for their votes and called out publicly the Republicans who voted for the NDAA with a policy to draft our daughters.
  • We persistently lobbied congressional offices, allies, and lead negotiators to stand firm, sponsor amendments to strike the language, and not give in.

WE WON!  This is a CWA accomplishment worth CELEBRATING.

As you can see, victories like this take a lot of hard work.  Your year-end donation guarantees that the work will continue.

Senate Dems Want to Sacrifice Our Daughters on the Altar of Political Correctness

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For Immediate Release
November 26, 2021

Contact: Katie Everett, Press Secretary
[email protected]

Senate Dems Want to Sacrifice Our Daughters on the Altar of Political Correctness

Washington D.C. – Upon return from the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. Senate will consider the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including a provision requiring young women to register with the Selective Service for a potential military draft. The U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of the annual defense bill with a similar provision in September. The House version also includes funds for CRT training, diversity officers, and inclusion and equity programs.

This monumental, unjustified reversal in policy forces our military to be sex-blind in all selection, training, and service of draftees, erasing key biological differences between males and females that have everything to do with readiness in wartime. Further, the provision gives the federal government blanket discretion to institute a draft for any number of unspecified reasons.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, had this to say:

“The recent role that woke ideology played in the Virginia election should have been a wakeup call for Congress. Instead, current language in the funding bill for America’s military and military academies contains the same ideology soundly rejected across the nation. CRT funding and woke diversity officers are part of the Left’s effort to deconstruct the U.S. military and our academies. Add to the mix language forcing women to register for Selective Service (i.e. the draft) and language specifically prohibiting military leaders for making decisions based on sex is disastrous policy that will cost lives.

“Concerned Women for America admires and supports the strong, patriotic women who volunteer for military service, but we refuse to believe the destructive lie that women’s equality means sameness with men. American women do not need to be conscripted to fight on the frontline of war to prove their worth.

“Even after a three-year, $45 million taxpayer funded commission’s unsubstantiated recommendation, a 2021 Ipsos poll shows that support for drafting women has nosedived—especially among females—since the issues was last debated in 2016, with only 45% of Americans and a third of women in favor of the policy.

“We are also witnessing growing enthusiasm from both parties to repeal the Selective Service altogether. At a time of such deep division, we rarely see this harmony. This makes any call to expand this outdated agency’s purpose and reach even more tone-deaf.

“Fresh off the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and a terror attack that took the lives of 13 U.S. servicemembers, Americans are rightfully weary to award new mobilization powers to the government. Trusting this Administration—or any other—with the unchecked latitude to declare a national emergency and conscript 18- to 25-year-old women for any number of purposes is too great a risk.

“Sacrificing our young women on the altar of political correctness is a clear dealbreaker, but the potential inclusion of race-driven, divisive ideological agendas gives further reason to oppose the bill in its current form. Sadly, the House-passed version of the NDAA diverts from mission-critical defense objectives to fund this nonsense. The Senate must say no.

“We reject the shameful fallacy that Congress must rubber stamp the social experimentation of our military to secure critical funding for our troops and national defense. An NDAA that drafts our daughters and granddaughters is a non-starter, and we call on members of courage to oppose its advancement.”

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