Speier, Jackie

House Stands Down on Women in the Draft
 

After the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a provision in the defense authorization bill that would require women to register for the draft, the Rules Committee watered down the language of the House version of the bill, downgrading that requirement to a mere study.

While most Democrats were expected to vote in favor of adding women to the draft, many Republicans voiced opposition. Sen. Ted Cruz even suggested supporters of the measure were “nuts.”

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Speier Recalls Jonestown Massacre, 37 Years Later

Rep. Jackie Speier knows exactly how it feels to be left for dead.

On Nov. 18, 1978, she was shot five times on a remote airstrip in Guyana, South America. Her boss, Rep. Leo J. Ryan and four others lay dead nearby, killed by gunfire as they tried to escape Jonestown, the commune built by cult leader Jim Jones.