What are the Facts and What Can You Do Donnelly to Speak at the Family Research Council Values Voters Summit
To: Rabbi David Eidensohn
that the last weekend of summer is here, it's time to re-engage in
major battles that are critical to the future of our military. As you
know, the Center for Military Readiness has been working hard to keep legislation to "Draft America's Daughters" out of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017.
We were successful in blocking it from the House version of the bill after a surprise vote in the House Armed Services Committee (HR 4909), but Senate Armed Services Committee ChairmanJohn McCain insisted on putting the legislation into the Senate version of the NDAA without notice and behind closed doors. (SR 2814)
Within days, members of the House/Senate Conference Committee will hammer out a combined version of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Will you do what you can right now to make sure the defense bill does not include a mandate to Draft Our Daughters?
is a plan to remove the offending language from the bill, but we need a
storm of phone calls, letters, tweets, re-tweets, and maybe some Moms
banging spoons on pans to persuade Chairman McCain and members of the
Conference Committee that they must not pass legislation to Draft Our Daughters.
articles embedded in the links above include lots of details and
background on the issue, but to make it easy for you, your friends,
family, and contacts to act, CMR has prepared this single-page,
two-sided Summary that provides everything you need to know:
The Fact Sheet includes information on how the legislators voted and which ones have signed onto to a "Dear Colleague" letter being circulated by Sen. Ben Sasse
(R-NE). As of now there are 17 signers, and all should be thanked. More
will be needed, however, to persuade Sen. McCain to drop his harmful
legislation to Draft Our Daughters from the defense bill. If it passes
as is, irreparable harm would be done to military readiness as well as
to young women.
are many ways to contact members of the Senate and House, particularly
Armed Services Committee members who will be involved in the
House/Senate Conference to reconcile both versions of the NDAA:
Call U.S. Capitol Switchboard to reach all offices: 202/224-3121
Write your Senator, Senate Office Building: Washington, D.C. 20510
Write your Congressman, House Office Building: Washington, D.C. 20515
Send a message on his/her webpages for constituent messages. Congress.gov
Use the very easy "Don't Draft Our Daughters" Twitter Action Page to tweet and retweet messages to senators marked "Yes" or "No" on Sasse letter.
CMR President, Elaine Donnelly, was pleased to accept the invitation of FRC President Tony Perkins, to speak at the Family Research Council's nationally-known and influential Values Voters Summit. The event will take place in Washington, D.C., nextweek, September 9-11, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. There is still time to register for this exciting event:
Elaine is looking forward to participating on a panel that will discuss The U.S. Military: Ready - Or Not? It will be during the September 9, Friday Afternoon Plenary Session, 2:00-5:00 PM, starting at about 3:00 PM.
share this message and the one-page Fact Sheet with your friends,
family, email contacts, Facebook Friends and Twitter groups using the
chances of success on the Draft Our Daughters issue are good but
everyone will have to do their part. More information is available on
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We hope to see you next Friday at the Values Voter Summit. If you can't be there, check the Family Research Council website to see live streaming of the Friday afternoon session.
With thanks and best wishes,
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non-partisan, 501(c)(3) public policy organization that reports on and
analyzes military/social issues. Nothing in this article should be
construed as an endorsement of any candidate. More information on all
issues discussed is available on the CMR website, www.cmrlink.org
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