IT IS a purely symbolic show of support for women in the military but we’ll take what we can get as we prepare for the era of Trump. The White House called their position for universal service a “commitment to equity.”
However, President Obama weighs in just before the House is set to vote on a bill that stripped the Senate provision that added women to Selective Service.
President Obama supports requiring women to register for Selective Service when they turn 18 — becoming the first president to endorse universal draft registration since Jimmy Carter.
“As old barriers for military service are being removed, the administration supports — as a logical next step — women registering for the Selective Service,” said Ned Price, a spokesman for Obama’s National Security Council.
The White House had previously expressed neutrality on the controversy, but took a position in a statement to USA TODAY on Thursday.