Conservatives Take a Stand: Stripping the Military of Woke Policies in Defense Bill

Conservatives in the House of Representatives are pushing to remove what they consider “woke” policies from the military. The lawmakers are advocating for a more conservative approach to the armed forces, arguing that it is demoralizing for troops to see leaders engaging in activities such as drag shows. They believe that the Pentagon has become a battlefield for culture wars and are determined to remove “critical race theory” (CRT) from military instruction.

Representatives Ralph Norman, Tim Burchett, and Michael Waltz are among those leading the charge against woke policies. They argue that the military should focus on its core mission of national defense and prioritize killing enemies rather than engaging in social engineering.

The House Armed Services Committee has approved an initial version of the defense plan, but its bipartisan nature may be at risk this year due to the overwhelmingly large number of amendments filed by members. Changes to the bill are expected as it undergoes the amendment process, and it is uncertain which amendments will ultimately pass or fail.

Some of the conservative amendments target issues such as transgender treatments, books with “radical gender ideology” in military libraries, and requiring those who identify as men to register for the draft. A particularly contentious amendment seeks to restrict reimbursements for troops seeking abortions across state lines.

Democrats have strongly criticized these social policy amendments, with some arguing that they undermine the dignity and rights of women in the military. Despite the objections, the House eventually approved the defense package, albeit with a narrow margin.

The defense bill now moves to the Senate, where further negotiations and amendments are expected. House conservatives are closely watching House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, wary of any potential compromises with Democrats that may dilute the conservative priorities in the bill.

In conclusion, House conservatives are determined to remove what they consider woke policies from the military, pushing for a more conservative approach to national defense. Their efforts have resulted in a divisive defense bill that has passed the House but is likely to face further scrutiny and changes in the Senate. The outcome of the bill remains uncertain, as lawmakers from both parties continue to negotiate and debate the future of the country’s military policies.