Congress is ready to roll again Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for troops.
Secretary Austin imposed a vaccine mandate for US troops final 12 months.
Lloyd Austin desires the vaccine mandate for the US navy to remain in place and Joe Biden agrees.
“The president agrees with Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin that the Pentagon ought to proceed to require all service members be vaccinated and boosted towards Covid-19,” Nationwide Safety Council spokesperson John Kirby informed reporters.
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Congress nevertheless is ready to rescind the vaccine mandate for troops by way of the annual protection invoice.
The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the U.S. navy could be rescinded below the annual protection invoice heading for a vote this week in Congress, ending a directive that helped make sure the overwhelming majority of troops have been vaccinated but additionally raised issues that it harmed recruitment and retention.
Republicans, emboldened by their new Home majority subsequent 12 months, pushed the trouble, which was confirmed Tuesday evening when the invoice was unveiled. Home GOP chief Kevin McCarthy personally lobbied President Joe Biden in a gathering final week to roll again the mandate.
Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama, the rating Republican on the Home Armed Providers Committee, mentioned the removing of the vaccination requirement was important for the protection coverage invoice to maneuver ahead.
“We’ve actual recruitment and retention issues throughout all providers. This was fuel on the fireplace exacerbating our present downside,” Rogers mentioned. “And the president mentioned, you realize, the pandemic is over. It’s time for us to acknowledge that and take away this pointless coverage.”