This has been a longstanding debate on whether women should have to enter the national draft for the military.

The current law dictates that all men aged 18 through 25 are required to register for the draft with the Selective Service System. The decision to exclude women dates back to 1981, when the Supreme Court ruled that women would not take part in the draft since they were left out of combat roles as well.

In a strange twist of events, the author of the bill actually voted against the measure, The Associated Press reported. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said he introduced the measure in February to prompt a more focused conversation in Congress about women in the military — even though he also opposed the Defense Department’s decision to open up combat roles to women.

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