http://www.talonnews.com/news/2004/october/1006_house_rejects_draft.shtml WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- The Republican-controlled House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected a Democratic bill Tuesday that would reinstate the draft, 402-2. The vote was scheduled to silence a Democratic whispering campaign that accused President Bush of having a secret plan to restart the draft if he were reelected. Only Congress could authorize an involuntary call-up. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Charles Rangel (DEMOCRAT-NY), declared that it is the obligation of every U.S. citizen, and every other person residing in the United States, between the ages of 18 and 26 to perform a two-year period of national service, either as a member of an active or reserve component of the armed forces or in a civilian capacity that promotes national defense. Sen. Ernest Hollings (DEMOCRAT-SC) introduced identical legislation in the Senate. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) issued a statement about the Democrats' proposal that he said was being considered in order to expose a fraud. "For months now, the American people have been subjected to -- and had their intelligence insulted by -- a manipulative, dishonest, and willful campaign of misinformation," DeLay said. "This campaign, which started as a whisper but has since been given voice by the leading Democrats in the country today, asserts without any evidence whatsoever that there is a secret Republican plan to reinstitute the military draft." DeLay continued, "This campaign is a baseless and malevolent concoction of the Democrat Party, and everyone in this chamber knows it. It has one purpose -- to spread fear. To spread fear among an unsuspecting public, to undermine the war on terror, to undermine our troops, to undermine our cause, and most of all, to undermine our commander-in-chief ... in an election year." Kerry surrogates have been telling young people and parents across the country that Bush would reinstate the draft, despite the fact that both Bush and the Pentagon have denied that it is even being considered. Read more at http://www.talonnews.com/news/2004/october/1006_house_rejects_draft.shtml Forward to your friends!