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Location: Slaughter, Louisiana, United States

A semi-gruntled corporate reliability engineer trying to make ends meet while keeping my wife happy, and myself out of the asylum.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The last word on the DRAFT rumor Bullsh!t

Here it is.

Title: To provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Representative Charles B. Rangel (D-NY 15th) (introduced 1/7/2003) Cosponsors (14)
Related Bills: S.89
Latest Major Action: 10/5/2004 Failed of passage/not agreed to in House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 2 - 402 (Roll no. 494).

Good 'ol Cholly. And his fourteen co-sponsers:

Representative Neil Abercrombie (D-HI 1st)
Representative Corrine Brown (D-FL 3rd)
Delegate Donna M. Christensen (D-VI At-Large)
Representative Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO 1st)
Representative John Conyers (D-MI 14th)
Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD 7th)
Representative Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL 23rd)
Representative Jesse Jackson (D-IL 2nd)
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX 18th)
Representative John Lewis (D-GA 5th)
Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA 7th)
Representative James P. Moran (D-VA 8th)
Representative Fortney H. Stark (D-CA 13th)
Representative Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY 12th)

and one who backed out -
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC At-Large)

After this bill was squelched by a vote of 2-402, Cholly held this press conference,

  • "The Republican leadership decision to place the draft legislation on the Suspension Calendar is a political maneuver to kill rumors of the President's intention to reinstate the draft after the November election.I am voting no, because my bill deserves serious consideration. It should be subject to hearings and to expert testimony. The Administration should come and tell us about our manpower needs, about recruitment and retention, about the extent to which out troops are overextended. And they should give us their views about shared sacrifice. If they did all of those things in a serious way, they would have to admit that my bill is an option.But what we are seeing now is election-year politics. They are using the Suspension Calendar, which is reserved for non-controversial items, to make a cynical political statement. The American people are deeply concerned about this issue deserve more than this. So do our troops, who after we leave here today, will still be on ground, and left with the message that we couldn't take the time to discuss their situation and what should be done to relieve them.This is hypocrisy of the worst kind. I would not encourage any Democrat running for reelection to vote for this bill."

And these jackasses along with the DNC are playing up the "REPUBLICAN's plans" for introducing mandatory conscription?

Who are they trying to kid?

Oh.... Riiiiiiight.....


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