color: SOME SOLDIER'S MOM: House Drops Women In Combat Bill -- WhooHoo!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

House Drops Women In Combat Bill -- WhooHoo!


House Drops Women In Combat Bill
Associated Press May 26, 2005

WASHINGTON - House Republicans abandoned their own plan Wednesday to curb the role of women in combat zones after it ran into opposition from the Pentagon and lawmakers from both parties.

Instead, the GOP-controlled House decided to let the military continue determining which jobs women can hold, as long as defense officials give Congress advance word on any changes. The provision was included in a $491 billion defense bill that the chamber approved by a 390-39 vote.

Earlier, the House approved on a 428-1 vote a watered-down provision that lets the Pentagon decide military jobs for women as long as it gives Congress 60 days notice - twice as much time as is currently required.

"There will be no restrictions in statute for how the Army can assign women in the military," said Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M. The only female veteran now serving in Congress, Wilson was a leading opponent of the plan that was dropped.


At 5/26/2005 2:48 PM , Blogger Call Me Grandma said...

"Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought of as good. Luckily this is not difficult to do."
Quote by: Charlotte Whitton


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