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05-S1134 on May 26, 2005

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: maintaining role of women in armed forces in Iraq
Source: Sense of Congress on Women in Combat (S.1134)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY:
    Expresses the sense of Congress that:
  1. women play a critical role in accomplishing the mission of the Armed Forces; and
  2. there should be no change to existing statutes, regulations, or policy that would have the effect of decreasing the roles or positions available to women in the Armed Forces.
EXCERPTS OF RESOLUTION: Congress makes the following findings:
  1. Women have a prominent role in American military history, with involvement as far back as the American Revolution.
  2. Opportunities for servicewomen have increased dramatically since 1948, when the Women's Armed Services Integration Act of 1948 gave women a permanent place in the Armed Forces.
  3. The Department of Defense began to expand its programs on women in the Armed Forces in earnest in 1973.
  4. From 1973 to 2005, the number of women as a percentage of the total force of the Armed Forces increased from only 2.5% to approximately 17%, with more than 200,000 women currently serving in the Armed Forces.
  5. The admission of women to the service academies began in Autumn 1976 and has increased steadily so that women currently comprise approximately 16% to 19% of the incoming class each year at the service academies.
  6. The current policy excludes women units whose primary mission is to engage in direct combat on the ground.
    It is the sense of Congress that--
  1. women play a critical role in the accomplishment of the mission of the Armed Forces; and
  2. there should be no change to existing statutes, regulations, or policy that would have the effect of decreasing the roles or positions available to women in the Armed Forces.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 2. Question 2: Legally require hiring women & minorities Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Maintain role of women in armed forces in Iraq (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill maintaining role of women in armed forces (Score: 1)

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 05-S1134

Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Hillary Clinton s2pNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Mary Landrieu s1oLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Mikulski s1oMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Jack Reed s1oRI Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 05-S1134

Susan Collins s1oME Republican Sr Senator 



Independents participating in 05-S1134



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 6
Republicans: 1
Independents: 0


















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