Senate Bill Requires Women To Register For The Draft03:38

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The U.S. Capitol building. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

The U.S. Senate passed a defense bill this week that would require women to register for the draft. This comes after the military opened up combat positions to women, but it has sparked a backlash from some conservative lawmakers and interest groups.

NPR's Phil Ewing talks with Here & Now's Robin Young about what's next in this debate.


Phil Ewing, national security editor at NPR. He tweets @philewing.

This segment aired on June 17, 2016.

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