The Pittsburgh Press 3/5/45
Nurse Draft Bill Debated In Congress Measure May Be Passed Wednesday WASHINGTON, March 5 (UP) For the first time in history, Con gress today began consideration of a conscription measure affecting women the nurse draft bill. The Administration-backed Administration-backed Administration-backed meas ure would make unmarried graduate graduate women nurses from 20 through 44 years eligible for induction into the armed forces. Some fiery debate was expected, but Republican and Democratic leaders alike agreed that some form of nurse-draft nurse-draft nurse-draft legislation would be approved, probably Wednesday. Measure Endorsed Representative E. E. Cox (D., Ga.), acting chairman of the Rules Committee, told the House that he favors giving the armed forces all the nurses they need to care for sick and wounded soldiers and sail ors even at the expense of civilians. President Roosevelt personally requested requested the measure to meet immediate immediate Army-Navy Army-Navy Army-Navy needs for 18,000 nurses to care for the sick and wounded in uniform. "We must take care of our fighting fighting men," Minority Leader Joseph W. Martin, (R., Mass.) said. "I expect the House will approve a nurse draft." Majority Leader John W. McCor-mack, McCor-mack, McCor-mack, (D., Mass.), also predicted passage. Some Reluctant Before the final roll call, severa. members are expected to express their reluctance to draft women. Some Republicans were reported sizzling with resentment at what they called Army bungling of nurse quotas in the last year. The bill would empower the War Manpower Commission to classify nurses eligible for induction before Selective Service Boards could begin begin to draft. It also would place the federally-financed federally-financed federally-financed Cadet Nurse Corps graduates in the first induction induction category.