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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Selective Service Showdown
March 29, 2013
In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act to officially establish the Selective Service. In this week's edition of the Taxpayer's Tab, NTUF looked at two bills that would fundementally alter the program and determined how they might affect the federal budget.
Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) introduced H.R. 748, the Universal National Service Act. The bill would expand the Selective Service program to include women, thereby doubling the pool of potential draftees to nearly 27 million American citizens and immigrant non-citizens. Additionally, Rep. Rangel's legislation would require every person between the ages of 18 and 25 to perform two years of national service designed to meet "human, educational, environmental, or public safety needs." The bill would allow for temporary exemptions for students in high school or post-secondary courses of study. NTUF estimated that the Universal National Service Act's requirements would increase federal outlays by at least $4.9 billion in the first year.
On the other hand, Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced H.R. 978, the National Emergency Selective Service Act, which would defund and deauthorize the Service (the President would still be authorized to conduct a military draft, but only after declaring a state of national emergency). Defunding the program would decrease federal spending to the tune of $24 million.
NTUF also examined other recent legislation, including:
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