|Federal Legislation||March 14, 2003|
H.R. 163Universal National Service Act of 2003
None at this time. This bill failed to pass the House.
Official purpose: To provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, and for other purposes.
The language of this bill mandates a national service obligation for every U.S. citizen and permanent resident, aged 18-26. It authorizes the President to establish both the number of people to be selected for military service, and the means of selection. Additionally, the measure requires those not selected specifically for military service to perform their national service obligation in a civilian capacity for at least two years.
H.R. 163 language permits:
Introduced: January 7, 2003 by Rep. Charles B. Rangel [NY-15]
Cosponsors: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR00163:@@@P (14)
|01/07/2003||Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.|
|02/03/2003||Executive Comment Requested from DOD.|
|02/03/2003||Referred to the Subcommittee on Total Force.|
|10/05/2004||5:59pm: Mr. McHugh moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.|
|10/05/2004||6:00pm: Considered under suspension of the rules.|
|10/05/2004||7:27pm: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 2 - 402 (Roll no. 494).|
| Other Resources|
House Rejects Bill to Restart Military Draft — (10/06/2004)
Setting the Record Straight About a Military Draft — (09/14/2004)