Republican Representative Mike Rogers of Alabama, the top GOP member on the Armed Services Committee is asking Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to comply with the repeal of the vaccine mandate recently passed by House Republicans.
Rogers wrote in his letter to Austin:
As you are aware, this morning the President signed H.R. 7776, the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, into law. This important legislation reflects a bipartisan agreement on national security policy and includes a number of important provisions regarding recruitment and retention. Most important is Section 525 which requires you to rescind the mandate that members of the Armed Forces be vaccinated against COVID-19 within 30 days of the date of enactment of H.R. 7776.
DOD Mandate Over
The Department was well aware of this coming change and, hopefully, has plans to clearly communicate the end of the mandate for all members of the Armed Forces.
Please provide the Committee with your plan to implement this statutory requirement. Such plan should be sent to Dr. Glendon Diehl, a member of my staff, no later than December 31, 2022.
I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I look forward to working with you in the coming 118th Congress.
Biden's administration set the mandate in place in August of 2021, requiring all service members to be fully vaccinated or face discharge.
The Biden administration further refused to reconsider its policy after push-back from tens of thousands of service members and numerous appeals by Republicans.
"Republicans were able to get the mandate rescinded as part of the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed both the House and Senate on a bipartisan basis and was signed into law by President Joe Biden on Friday," reports Breitbart.
"At least 8,400 troops were involuntarily discharged over the mandate," reports Breitbart, "and Republicans say they will take up the issue of potential reinstatement and back pay when they take control of the House next year."
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