Republican congressional leader Kevin McCarthy is adamant that the vaccine mandate currently being imposed on the military is going to be lifted very soon by the Biden administration.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, McCarthy stated “We’re working through what is the [National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)], the national defense bill, we will secure lifting that vaccine mandate on our military. Because what we’re finding is, they’re kicking out men and women that have been serving.”
“That’s the first victory of having a Republican majority, and we’d like to have more of those victories, and we should start moving those now,” the Republican leader said.
When asked if the mandate will be lifted, McCarthy responded ”Yes, it will. Otherwise, the bill will not move,” adding “I’ve been very clear with the president. The president… worked with me on this.”
“This is the first sign of having divided government, you got some compromise here. And we’ve got something that Republicans have been working very hard, and a number of Democrats, too, trying to find success. But one-party rule would never allow that to go forward. And now we’re going to have success,” McCarthy further noted.
Reuters verifies the Republican leader’s claims, noting:
“Leader McCarthy raised this with the president and the president told him he would consider it,” said White House spokesperson Olivia Dalton. “The secretary of defense has recommended retaining the mandate, and the president supports his position. Discussions about the NDAA are ongoing.”
McCarthy’s comments follow on from more than 20 Republican governors, led by Rand Paul, penning a letter demanding that Congress revoke the military vaccine mandate either in NDAA or via other legislation.
The Military Times estimates that more than 3,400 troops have been “involuntarily separated from the service” due to non-compliance with the vaccine mandate.
Despite attempts to stop mandatory vaccines for active duty personnel, and to uphold exemption rights, the Biden administration has continually pushed for dishonorable discharges and even court martialing for troops who disobey orders to get the shots.