Human Event's Jack Posobiec said on Twitter on Thursday that the upcoming bill will include McCarthy's demand to repeal the COVID vaccine mandate for the military.
"This would be a huge W for the military if included. Especially if it includes reinstatement," said Posobiec.
Florida Senator Rick Scott and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, along with 11 other senators including Texas Senator Ted Cruz, signed the letter.
In a statement to Fox News, Scott said "I think on the NDAA one thing that’s going to be important is that we don’t give cloture unless they agree that we’re not going to keep kicking people out of the service for their – if they’re unvaccinated,” adding "I think that we’ve got to start standing up for people."
In a letter to Mitch McConnell, the senators state that: "The Department of Defense COVID-19 vaccine mandate has ruined the livelihoods of men and women who have honorably served our country... While the Department of Defense certainly must make decisions that will bolster military readiness, the effects of the mandate are antithetical to readiness of our force, and the policy must be revoked."
Sen. Paul said at a press conference that the vaccination mandate has "forced our nation’s young patriotic men and women to choose between their faith, their medical autonomy, and their careers."
"At a time when the military is struggling to meet targets for recruitment, the administration is firing soldiers we invested in and trained," he added.
The NDAA has existed since the 1950s. It covers spending for the military including programs and pay raises.
The Biden administration has pushed for dishonorable discharges for those who do not get their Covid shots.
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