White House, Pentagon oppose removing COVID-19 vax mandate in defense bill
Added 12-05-22 05:18:02pm EST - “As Congress negotiates the final terms of the National Defense Authorization Act, the White House and Pentagon are opposing an idea to remove the coronavirus vaccine mandate for troops that Democra?” - Nypost.com
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WASHINGTON – The White House and Pentagon are opposing calls to end the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troops, as Congress negotiates a military spending plan that some lawmakers insist include a repeal of the shot requirement.
Many Republicans are calling for – and even some Democrats are open to – the Biden Administration’s COVID vaccine requirement being nixed in the pending arms budget legislation, which is expected to be finalized and unveiled this week.
“Congress should take action, and we’re taking action today by saying we will not vote to get on the NDAA – the defense authorization bill – unless we have a vote on ending this military vaccine mandate,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., one of the vaccine order’s main GOP opponents, said at a press conference Wednesday.
But President Joe Biden and his administration see no reason to end the requirement, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Monday.
Under the COVID shot order, which was handed down by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in August 2021, all service members must get the vaccine or face expulsion for refusing an order.
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