In his push to ensure that Congress — not the president, not the Supreme Court — has the sole power to reconsider women’s eligibility for the draft, Mike Lee has found support from fellow senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
Spokespeople for Cruz and Rubio confirm that both presidential candidates will cosponsor Lee’s legislation when it is introduced.
Cruz has stated on the campaign trail that he would ardently oppose any attempt to change the current law. “The idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat, I think, is wrong. It is immoral,” he told a New Hampshire audience on Sunday.
Lee’s legislation is an attempt to preempt a scenario in which the Supreme Court takes up another challenge to the selective-service law and decides to “rewrite it like they did for Obamacare,” says Conn Carroll, the Utah Senator’s spokesman.