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Introduction Of Legislation To Repeal The Selective Service Act And Related Parts Of The United States Code

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INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION TO REPEAL THE SELECTIVE SERVICE ACT AND RELATED PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES CODE -- (Extensions of Remarks - January 11, 2007)

* Mr. PAUL. Madam Speaker, I am today introducing legislation to repeal the Selective Service Act and related parts of the United States Code. The Department of Defense, in response to calls to reinstate the draft, has confirmed that conscription serves no military need.

* In his December confirmation hearings, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated his opposition to a military draft. Secretary Gates' immediate predecessor, Donald Rumsfield, also publicly opposed reinstating the draft. The opposition of the two most recent Defense Secretaries is only the most recent confirmation that the draft serves no military purpose.

* Obviously, if there is no military need for the draft, then there is no need for Selective Service registration. Furthermore, Mr. Speaker, Selective Service registration is an outdated and outmoded system, which has been made obsolete by technological advances.

* In fact, in 1993, the Department of Defense issued a report stating that registration could be stopped ``with no effect on military mobilization and no measurable effect on the time it would take to I mobilize, and no measurable effect on military recruitment.' Yet the American taxpayer has been forced to spend over $500 million dollars on an outdated system ``with no measurable effect on military mobilization!'

* Shutting down Selective Service will give taxpayers a break without adversely affecting military efforts. Shutting down Selective Service will also end a program that violates the very principals of individual liberty our Nation was founded upon. The moral case against the draft was eloquently expressed by former President Ronald Regan in the publication Human Events in 1979: ``..... it [conscription] rests on the assumption that your kids belong to the state. If we buy that assumption then it is for the state--not for parents, the community, the religious institutions or teachers--to decide who shall have what values and who shall do what work, when, where and how in our society. That assumption isn't a new one. The Nazis thought it was a great idea.'

* I hope all my colleagues join me in working to shut down this un-American relic of a bygone era and help realize the financial savings land the gains to individual liberties that can be achieved by ending Selective Service registration.

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