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Republicans push to END military COVID vaccine mandate through the annual defense budget

The Republicans’ months-long push to end the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is gaining ground as Congress prepares to pass the annual defense budget before the end of the year.

The final draft of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is set to be released this week, and Republican lawmakers are demanding a provision to reverse the pandemic-era policy they warn poses a serious threat to national security.

The legislation that must pass goes before the House Rules Committee on Monday.

Approximately 3,400 active-duty soldiers have been sidelined due to their refusal to receive the jab or a pending religious exemption as of last spring, according to a recent letter from Senate Republicans.

Lawmakers advocating the end of the rule say the loss of manpower in the US military is exacerbating an already worsening recruitment crisis within its ranks.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, who is expected to take the president’s gavel next year, said during a television interview Sunday that President Joe Biden seemed set to repeal his vaccination mandate when they met last week. pass.

The White House confirmed to DailyMail.com on Monday morning that the conversation took place, saying President Joe Biden was “considering” McCarthy’s argument.

But NSC communications coordinator John Kirby threw cold water on the matter Monday, announcing that both Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin opposed removing the mandate.

Republicans Are Pushing To Get Rid Of The Military Covid-19 Vaccination Mandate With The Latest Pentagon Budget. House Republican Leader Kevin Mccarthy (Pictured) Said President Joe Biden Was Considering His Lawsuit.

Meanwhile, A Group Of Republican Senators Wrote To Leader Mitch Mcconnell (Pictured) Asking For A Vote To End The Rule Before The Final Ndaa Vote.

Meanwhile, A Group Of Republican Senators Wrote To Leader Mitch Mcconnell (Pictured) Asking For A Vote To End The Rule Before The Final Ndaa Vote.

Republicans are pushing to get rid of the military COVID-19 vaccination mandate with the latest Pentagon budget. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (left) said President Joe Biden was considering his lawsuit, while a group of Republican senators wrote to leader Mitch McConnell (right) calling for a vote to end the rule before the final vote of the NDAA.

“Leader McCarthy raised this with the president, and the president said he would consider it,” senior deputy press secretary Olivia Dalton told DailyMail.com.

‘The Secretary of Defense has recommended maintaining the mandate, and the President supports his position. Discussions on the NDAA are ongoing.’

The two shot rule was first announced by Austin in August 2021.

Meanwhile, a Democratic lawmaker told Politico on the sidelines of a national security forum that support for the vaccine mandate may be waning.

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“Leader McCarthy raised this with the president, and the president said he would consider it,” senior deputy press secretary Olivia Dalton told DailyMail.com.

“I was a big supporter of the vaccine mandate when we did it, a big supporter of the covid restrictions put in place by the Department of Defense and others,” said Rep. Adam Smith of Washington.

‘But right now, does it make sense to have that policy starting in August 2021? That’s a discussion that I’m open to and that we’re having.’

In addition to troops sidelined by the vaccine mandate, officers from every branch of the US military have sounded the alarm about empty recruiting offices and missing quotas across the country.

The Army, the largest of the branches, was 10,000 to 15,000 recruits short of its target in the last fiscal year, according to NBC 12.

A group of Republican senators, including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, wrote a letter to Republican leaders, including Mitch McConnell, telling them they would not consider the NDAA without first voting on a measure to end the Military Vaccine Mandate. .

Lawmakers cited the recruitment crisis as an argument against the rule.

“America simply cannot afford to lay off our brave men and women in uniform and lose the investments we have made in each and every one of them due to inept bureaucratic politics,” the letter said.

A Letter From The Senate Republican Party States That Approximately 3,400 Soldiers Were Inactive For The Mandate.

A Letter From The Senate Republican Party States That Approximately 3,400 Soldiers Were Inactive For The Mandate.

A letter from the Senate Republican Party states that approximately 3,400 soldiers were inactive for the mandate.

They claim that the mandate “has ruined the livelihood of men and women who have served our country honorably.”

Similarly, McCarthy claimed on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures that the NDAA “won’t budge” without language to repeal the mandate.

I have been very clear with the president. The president … worked with me on this,’ McCarthy said.

‘This is the first sign of having a divided government. You have some commitment here. And we have something that the Republicans have been working very hard on, and a number of Democrats as well, trying to find success, but one party rule would never allow that to go forward. And now we are going to succeed.’

It is not clear how much power McCarthy has in preventing the NDAA from overtaking the House in any way; although he will lead a slim majority next year, he remains the House minority party leader until the end of December.

In the Senate, by contrast, where 10 Republican votes will be needed to pass the bill, an attempt to hold the budget hostage in exchange for a vote on the COVID vaccine mandate is not out of the realm of possibility.

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