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Rangel Again Calls For Military Draft To Be Reimplemented

Rep. Charles Rangel (file/credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Rep. Charles Rangel (file/credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – In the nearly ten years since the war in Iraq began, one New York Congressman is still pushing for a more equitable way to staff the country’s military.

Rep. Charles Rangel has again called for the reinstatement of the military draft and make women eligible.

Rangel said the draft is about fairness.

“As long as our nation is going to go to war, then the members of Congress should be able to draft the people that are going to fight those wars,” Rangel told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

The Harlem congressman added that he think many members of Congress don’t fully understand the consequences of war.

“And if they don’t think it’s that important that everybody has to make some sacrifice, then we ought to rethink our position about entering a war and putting our kids in harm’s way,” Rangel told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

Rangel previously introduced a measure to re-implement the draft in 2011.

More than 6,500 members of the military have been killed over the past ten years, and Rangel said there are too few families who have sacrificed.

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