With minimal debate, Selective Service was doubled in a “must-pass” $778 billion defense bill.
- The House voted 316–113 on the “must-pass” annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which at $778 billion this year gave President Joe Biden $24 billion more than he asked for.
- The up-or-down passage came after consideration of a series of amendments, from requiring congressional approval for troop deployment in Syria (which failed, 141–286), to allowing cannabis-related companies in legal-marijuana states to obtain banking services.
- “Under no circumstances will I support a NDAA that requires my daughter and thousands of other young women to register for the draft,” Rep. Chip Roy (R–Texas), a member of the draft expansion opposing House Freedom Caucus, said in a statement after Thursday’s vote.
- But Roy was outnumbered in his own party. “The NDAA is never perfect, and this is the case where the good far outweighs the bad,” Rep. Jim Banks (R–Ind.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, told the Washington Examiner, in a concise encapsulation of how “must-pass” bills enable questionable lawmaking.