draft bill's author's explanation
- "We're tired of the Republicans telling us to
tighten up our belts, when they've left us standing in
~ Reverend Al Sharpton
Politics of the Draft
On Tuesday the Republican House leadership made a
cynical decision to
national service legislation (H.R. 163) up for a vote
with no notice,
hearings, and no consideration.
This is legislation that I introduced at the beginning
of last year
instate a draft -- requiring all young people to
perform some sort of
service and subjecting them all equally to the
possibility of military
I felt that too much would be asked of our so-called
primarily of young men and women from inner cities and
small towns who
service for economic and educational opportunities not
their disadvantaged communities. I also opposed the
war and felt that
wealthy and privileged were faced with the possibility
of having to
own children to war, the political support for this
elective war would
I always knew the issue of a draft would be
controversial and it should
what the Republican Leadership did was to bring up the
bill on "the
Calendar" -- normally reserved for ordinary,
naming of local post office branches.
They did not bring the bill up because they supported
it or even
opposed it. (Most of them never read it even though
it's only 12
The reason they brought up the bill was to make a
month before the election. They thought they could
address the public's
suspicion that a draft will be necessary if Bush and
re-elected if they held this surprise vote a month
before the election.
Not only was this an abuse of the House of
Representatives, but it also
The rumors of a draft are not due to my bill. They are
due to the Bush
Administration's failed Iraq policy. It is now clear
that they did not
plan when they went into Iraq. This week we learned
that former US
in Iraq Paul Bremer has even declared that the lack of
enough troops on
ground created "an atmosphere of lawlessness" that has
stabilize Iraq. Recently, the Commander of the Iraq
said that more troops are needed to secure Iraq's
And The New York Times (Sept. 27) reported the Army is
at the current levels in Iraq through 2007. All this
when we all know
National Guard and Reserve members have been recycled
over and over and
door draft is forcing people to re-enlist.
Where are we going to get all of these troops? I don't
millions of Americans. So, they are rightly worried
about a draft.
They deserve more than just an empty gesture. So do
our troops, who are
the ground, and left with the message that we couldn't
take the time to
their situation and what should be done to relieve
them. That's why I
against this cynical ploy and told my fellow Democrats
that this was
I truly believe that if we continue Bush's failed
policies in Iraq, a
draft will be unavoidable. Certainly, the idea that
in time of crisis is an issue that we must address.
sweep the sacrifices of the war in Iraq under the rug
for their own
gain. We cannot let them get away with it.
Please pass this message on to your concerned friends
visit http://www.charlierangel.org and click on the
near the poll
for more information.
Charles B. Rangel
Member of Congress
- I was interested in that too, but I couldn't find it in any article
about the vote. I know even Rangel, the bill's author, voted against
it. It might tell on vote-smart.org or one of those sites.
--- In email@example.com, "Ram Lau" <ramlau@y...> wrote:
> Does anyone know who are the two Congressmen who voted for the bill?
> They did something quite heroic, IMHO.