Wilson Welcomes Victory for Women in the Military
Combat Policy Removed from Defense Bill
Congresswoman Heather Wilson today hailed an agreement on a manager's amendment removing a controversial provision that would have restricted women's roles in the military.
"We are doing the right thing by striking this language," Wilson said. "There has never been a law limiting the assignment of women in the Army, and the proposal to do so was unnecessary and unhelpful. Now, it's gone."
The manager's amendment is to be offered today by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter during floor consideration of the Fiscal Year 2006 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1815).
The manager's amendment:
# Strikes all the language from the bill about assignments for women.
# Changes the requirement of a 30-day advance notice to a 60-day notice if the Defense Department changes their policy or opens or closes any ground combat specialties to women.
# Directs the Defense Department to do a report on assignment policy for women within the context of ongoing reorganization of the Army.