194 House Republicans Pass Defense Bill that Will ‘Track & Record’ U.S. Soldiers Who ‘Refuse’ COVID Vax

GOP Reps. Crenshaw, Gaetz, Boebert, McCarthy, Jordan, Kinzinger, Cheney vote with Democrats Tuesday night, passing 2022 annual defense spending bill that will “establish a system to track and record” each “vaccine administered” to U.S. soldiers and each vaccine “refusal.”

QUICK FACTS:
  • The House of Representatives passed a compromise version of the $768 billion 2022 National Defense Authorization Act—the law that sets policy for the Pentagon—late Tuesday night, 363–70 (see list below).
  • On page 615 (Sec. 716, “Establishment of Department of Defense system to track and record information on vaccine administration”), the bill calls for an “overall system to track and record vaccine information” that will “establish a system to track and record” U.S. soldiers’ personal medical information pertaining to vaccination status.
  • The system will track and record “each vaccine administered by a health provider of the Department of Defense to a member of an armed force under jurisdiction of the Secretary of a military department,” according to the text of the bill.
  • The system will also track and record “each refusal by such a member of any vaccine that is being so administered, including vaccines licensed by the Food and Drug Administration under section 351 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 262) and vaccines otherwise approved or authorized.”
  • However, Sec. 720 of the bill does “establish uniform standards” by which military members may be “exempted from receiving” a Covid-19 vaccine for “administrative, medical, or religious reasons.”
  • Sec. 736 specifies soldiers will receive an “honorable discharge” or “general discharge under honorable conditions” as a consequence of refusing vaccination “solely on the basis of failure to obey lawful order.”
  • 194 Republicans voted in favor of the bill (see list below)—including Reps. Mo Brooks (AL), Devin Nunes (CA), Kevin McCarthy (CA), Young Kim (CA), Michelle Steel (CA), Lauren Boebert (CO), Matt Gaetz (FL), Adam Kinzinger (IL), Steve Scalise (LA), Jim Jordan (OH), Dan Crenshaw (TX), and Liz Cheney (WY)—with 169 Democrats.
  • Republicans who rejected the bill include Reps. Paul Gosar (AZ), Andy Biggs (AZ), Marjorie Taylor-Greene (GA), and Louie Gohmert (TX).
  • The bill still needs to pass the Senate before it can be signed into law.

READ THE FULL BILL HERE.

Screenshot from govtrack.us taken December 8, 2021
REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED ‘YEA’ (CLICK NAME FOR CONTACT INFORMATION):
AderholtRepublicanAlabamaYEA
AllenRepublicanGeorgiaYEA
AmodeiRepublicanNevadaYEA
ArmstrongRepublicanNorth DakotaYEA
ArringtonRepublicanTexasYEA
BabinRepublicanTexasYEA
BaconRepublicanNebraskaYEA
BairdRepublicanIndianaYEA
BaldersonRepublicanOhioYEA
BanksRepublicanIndianaYEA
BarrRepublicanKentuckyYEA
BentzRepublicanOregonYEA
BergmanRepublicanMichiganYEA
Bice (OK)RepublicanOklahomaYEA
BilirakisRepublicanFloridaYEA
BoebertRepublicanColoradoYEA
BostRepublicanIllinoisYEA
BradyRepublicanTexasYEA
BrooksRepublicanAlabamaYEA
BuchananRepublicanFloridaYEA
BucshonRepublicanIndianaYEA
BuddRepublicanNorth CarolinaYEA
BurchettRepublicanTennesseeYEA
BurgessRepublicanTexasYEA
CalvertRepublicanCaliforniaYEA
CammackRepublicanFloridaYEA
CareyRepublicanOhioYEA
CarlRepublicanAlabamaYEA
Carter (GA)RepublicanGeorgiaYEA
Carter (TX)RepublicanTexasYEA
CawthornRepublicanNorth CarolinaYEA
ChabotRepublicanOhioYEA
CheneyRepublicanWyomingYEA
CloudRepublicanTexasYEA
ClydeRepublicanGeorgiaYEA
ColeRepublicanOklahomaYEA
ComerRepublicanKentuckyYEA
CrawfordRepublicanArkansasYEA
CrenshawRepublicanTexasYEA
CurtisRepublicanUtahYEA
DavidsonRepublicanOhioYEA
Davis, RodneyRepublicanIllinoisYEA
DesJarlaisRepublicanTennesseeYEA
Diaz-BalartRepublicanFloridaYEA
DonaldsRepublicanFloridaYEA
DuncanRepublicanSouth CarolinaYEA
DunnRepublicanFloridaYEA
EllzeyRepublicanTexasYEA
EmmerRepublicanMinnesotaYEA
EstesRepublicanKansasYEA
FallonRepublicanTexasYEA
FeenstraRepublicanIowaYEA
FergusonRepublicanGeorgiaYEA
FischbachRepublicanMinnesotaYEA
FitzgeraldRepublicanWisconsinYEA
FitzpatrickRepublicanPennsylvaniaYEA
FleischmannRepublicanTennesseeYEA
FortenberryRepublicanNebraskaYEA
FoxxRepublicanNorth CarolinaYEA
Franklin, C. ScottRepublicanFloridaYEA
FulcherRepublicanIdahoYEA
GaetzRepublicanFloridaYEA
GallagherRepublicanWisconsinYEA
GarbarinoRepublicanNew YorkYEA
Garcia (CA)RepublicanCaliforniaYEA
GibbsRepublicanOhioYEA
GimenezRepublicanFloridaYEA
Gonzales, TonyRepublicanTexasYEA
Gonzalez (OH)RepublicanOhioYEA
Gooden (TX)RepublicanTexasYEA
GrangerRepublicanTexasYEA
Graves (LA)RepublicanLouisianaYEA
Graves (MO)RepublicanMissouriYEA
Green (TN)RepublicanTennesseeYEA
GrothmanRepublicanWisconsinYEA
GuestRepublicanMississippiYEA
GuthrieRepublicanKentuckyYEA
HagedornRepublicanMinnesotaYEA
HarrisRepublicanMarylandYEA
HarshbargerRepublicanTennesseeYEA
HartzlerRepublicanMissouriYEA
HernRepublicanOklahomaYEA
HerrellRepublicanNew MexicoYEA
Herrera BeutlerRepublicanWashingtonYEA
Higgins (LA)RepublicanLouisianaYEA
HillRepublicanArkansasYEA
HinsonRepublicanIowaYEA
HollingsworthRepublicanIndianaYEA
HudsonRepublicanNorth CarolinaYEA
HuizengaRepublicanMichiganYEA
IssaRepublicanCaliforniaYEA
JacksonRepublicanTexasYEA
Jacobs (NY)RepublicanNew YorkYEA
Johnson (LA)RepublicanLouisianaYEA
Johnson (OH)RepublicanOhioYEA
Johnson (SD)RepublicanSouth DakotaYEA
JordanRepublicanOhioYEA
Joyce (OH)RepublicanOhioYEA
Joyce (PA)RepublicanPennsylvaniaYEA
KatkoRepublicanNew YorkYEA
KellerRepublicanPennsylvaniaYEA
Kelly (MS)RepublicanMississippiYEA
Kelly (PA)RepublicanPennsylvaniaYEA
Kim (CA)RepublicanCaliforniaYEA
KinzingerRepublicanIllinoisYEA
KustoffRepublicanTennesseeYEA
LaHoodRepublicanIllinoisYEA
LaMalfaRepublicanCaliforniaYEA
LambornRepublicanColoradoYEA
LattaRepublicanOhioYEA
LaTurnerRepublicanKansasYEA
LetlowRepublicanLouisianaYEA
LongRepublicanMissouriYEA
LoudermilkRepublicanGeorgiaYEA
LucasRepublicanOklahomaYEA
LuetkemeyerRepublicanMissouriYEA
MaceRepublicanSouth CarolinaYEA
MalliotakisRepublicanNew YorkYEA
MannRepublicanKansasYEA
MastRepublicanFloridaYEA
McCarthyRepublicanCaliforniaYEA
McCaulRepublicanTexasYEA
McClainRepublicanMichiganYEA
McClintockRepublicanCaliforniaYEA
McHenryRepublicanNorth CarolinaYEA
McKinleyRepublicanWest VirginiaYEA
MeijerRepublicanMichiganYEA
MeuserRepublicanPennsylvaniaYEA
Miller (WV)RepublicanWest VirginiaYEA
Miller-MeeksRepublicanIowaYEA
MoolenaarRepublicanMichiganYEA
MooneyRepublicanWest VirginiaYEA
Moore (AL)RepublicanAlabamaYEA
Moore (UT)RepublicanUtahYEA
MullinRepublicanOklahomaYEA
Murphy (NC)RepublicanNorth CarolinaYEA
NehlsRepublicanTexasYEA
NewhouseRepublicanWashingtonYEA
NunesRepublicanCaliforniaYEA
ObernolteRepublicanCaliforniaYEA
OwensRepublicanUtahYEA
PalazzoRepublicanMississippiYEA
PalmerRepublicanAlabamaYEA
PenceRepublicanIndianaYEA
PerryRepublicanPennsylvaniaYEA
PflugerRepublicanTexasYEA
ReedRepublicanNew YorkYEA
ReschenthalerRepublicanPennsylvaniaYEA
Rodgers (WA)RepublicanWashingtonYEA
Rogers (AL)RepublicanAlabamaYEA
Rogers (KY)RepublicanKentuckyYEA
RoseRepublicanTennesseeYEA
RouzerRepublicanNorth CarolinaYEA
RutherfordRepublicanFloridaYEA
SalazarRepublicanFloridaYEA
ScaliseRepublicanLouisianaYEA
Scott, AustinRepublicanGeorgiaYEA
SessionsRepublicanTexasYEA
SimpsonRepublicanIdahoYEA
Smith (MO)RepublicanMissouriYEA
Smith (NE)RepublicanNebraskaYEA
Smith (NJ)RepublicanNew JerseyYEA
SmuckerRepublicanPennsylvaniaYEA
SpartzRepublicanIndianaYEA
StauberRepublicanMinnesotaYEA
SteelRepublicanCaliforniaYEA
StefanikRepublicanNew YorkYEA
SteilRepublicanWisconsinYEA
SteubeRepublicanFloridaYEA
StewartRepublicanUtahYEA
TaylorRepublicanTexasYEA
TenneyRepublicanNew YorkYEA
Thompson (PA)RepublicanPennsylvaniaYEA
TiffanyRepublicanWisconsinYEA
TimmonsRepublicanSouth CarolinaYEA
TurnerRepublicanOhioYEA
UptonRepublicanMichiganYEA
ValadaoRepublicanCaliforniaYEA
Van DrewRepublicanNew JerseyYEA
Van DuyneRepublicanTexasYEA
WagnerRepublicanMissouriYEA
WalbergRepublicanMichiganYEA
WalorskiRepublicanIndianaYEA
WaltzRepublicanFloridaYEA
Weber (TX)RepublicanTexasYEA
Webster (FL)RepublicanFloridaYEA
WenstrupRepublicanOhioYEA
WestermanRepublicanArkansasYEA
Williams (TX)RepublicanTexasYEA
Wilson (SC)RepublicanSouth CarolinaYEA
WittmanRepublicanVirginiaYEA
WomackRepublicanArkansasYEA
YoungRepublicanAlaskaYEA
ZeldinRepublicanNew YorkYEA
REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED ‘NAY’:
BiggsRepublicanArizonaNAY
Bishop (NC)RepublicanNorth CarolinaNAY
BuckRepublicanColoradoNAY
ClineRepublicanVirginiaNAY
GohmertRepublicanTexasNAY
Good (VA)RepublicanVirginiaNAY
GosarRepublicanArizonaNAY
Greene (GA)RepublicanGeorgiaNAY
GriffithRepublicanVirginiaNAY
Hice (GA)RepublicanGeorgiaNAY
LeskoRepublicanArizonaNAY
MassieRepublicanKentuckyNAY
Miller (IL)RepublicanIllinoisNAY
NormanRepublicanSouth CarolinaNAY
PoseyRepublicanFloridaNAY
Rice (SC)RepublicanSouth CarolinaNAY
RosendaleRepublicanMontanaNAY
RoyRepublicanTexasNAY
SchweikertRepublicanArizonaNAY

Jon Fleetwood is Managing Editor for American Faith and author of “An American Revival: Why American Christianity Is Failing & How to Fix It.“