Congressional Democrats are expected to inflict defeat on President Biden and the White House on Tuesday by including language in the annual defense policy bill that repeals the coronavirus vaccine mandate for US troops.
Fox News has learned that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will include a provision repealing the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the military. The bill is expected to be released on Wednesday and voted on by the House later this week.
Although the bill removes the vaccination mandate for US troops, it will not reinstate service members who have been discharged or whose benefits have been reduced for refusing to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Lawmakers on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are working to include language in the NDAA that allows the Department of Defense to assess the status of service members affected by the warrant. Another provision of the legislation will require the Pentagon to explore ways to compensate service members who have been punished for refusing to be vaccinated.
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The lawmakers’ decision comes a day after the White House reaffirmed its support for keeping the vaccine mandate in place.
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Defense “Secretary Austin has been very clear that he opposes the repeal of this vaccination mandate, and the President actually agrees with the Secretary that we must continue to believe that all Americans, including those in the armed forces, should be vaccinated and fortified for COVID 19,” said John Kirby, White House National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications.