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GOP lawmakers worry vaccine mandate will impact defense supply chain

Added 10-22-21 05:57:02pm EST - “Nearly a dozen GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee on Friday pressed? the Biden administration over the Pentagon's looming COVID-19 vaccination deadline for defense contractors, claiming the mandate should be reconsidered…” - Thehill.com

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Nearly a dozen GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee on Friday pressed the Biden administration over the Pentagon’s looming COVID-19 vaccination deadline for defense contractors, claiming the mandate should be reconsidered or it might compromise supply chains. 

“We strongly urge you to reconsider the manner in which you are seeking to address this issue so as not to harm the livelihood of civilian contractors, industry partners, and strategic goals of our armed services,” the 11 lawmakers wrote to President BidenJoe BidenBiden: Democrats' spending plan is 'a bigger darn deal' than Obamacare Biden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' MORE and Defense Secretary Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Navy probe reveals disastrous ship fire response Pentagon says almost half of Afghan evacuees at US bases are children Russian fighters escort US bombers over Black Sea MORE.

“Those who adamantly refuse the vaccine will accept termination. We will lose critical experience in skilled labor. We will lose opportunities for mentorship and on-the-job training from veteran craftsmen. In the long-term, we will miss quality control standards. We will face endemic cost overruns and rework as decades of lessons are not passed to the next generation.”

Lawmakers who signed the letter included committee ranking member Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — House lawmakers eye military pay raise next year House lawmakers want military pay raise for enlisted troops The CIA's next mission: Strategic competition with China and Russia MORE (R-Ala.) as well as Republican Reps. Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Navy probe reveals disastrous ship fire response Sailors didn't know what to do in USS Bonhomme Richard fire, Navy probe finds Overnight Defense: House Armed Services starts defense bill markups | Two Navy sailors die of COVID-19 | Pentagon reimposes mask mandate in some places MORE (Va.), Vicky HartzlerVicky Jo HartzlerHartzler pulls in 6,000 for Missouri Senate bid with .65M on hand Cheney apologizes to Milley for 'despicable' questioning from fellow Republicans After messy Afghanistan withdrawal, questions remain MORE (Mo.), Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikLawmakers pay tribute to Colin Powell Lawmakers laud diversity gains in Congress Majority of Americans express dissatisfaction with democracy, and gerrymanderers race to the bottom MORE (N.Y.), Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonPandora Papers prompt lawmakers to push for crackdown on financial 'enablers' Congress comes to the aid of Libyan people, passing bill ordering probe into war crimes and torture Overnight Defense & National Security — Congress begins Afghanistan grilling MORE (S.C.), Blake Moore (Utah), Doug LambornDouglas (Doug) LambornDefense & National Security — The mental scars of Afghanistan House committee votes to temporarily postpone Space Command relocation Democrats defeat GOP effort to declare 'lost confidence' in Biden after Afghanistan withdrawal MORE (Colo.), Jack Bergman (Mich.), Scott Desjarlais (Tenn.), Bill PoseyWilliam (Bill) Joseph PoseyLawmakers call on Biden to put billion toward coastal restoration Stop COVID unemployment benefits for prisoners and recoup billions in fraud READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (Fla.) and Jerry Carl (Ala.).

Austin in late August ordered all service members and defense personnel to “immediately begin” getting the coronavirus vaccine, leaving it to the individual military services to decide when to set deadlines for the inoculation.

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