House approves measure to bar women from draft registration

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a measure that seeks to bar women from being required to register for a potential military draft.

By a vote of 217 to 203 Thursday, lawmakers approved an amendment that would block the Selective Service System from using any money to change the draft registration requirements that currently apply only to young men.

Rep. Warren Davidson, an Ohio Republican, sponsored the amendment. He says much more study is necessary before young women are forced to register.

The Senate’s annual defense policy bill includes a draft registration requirement for women. That measure calls for women to sign up with the Selective Service beginning in January 2018.

The House didn’t include a similar provision in its version of the defense bill.

The requirement has roiled social conservatives.

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