Several U.S. Senators have agreed to take on the Biden administration’s mandatory vaccination policy in the military and are calling for Biden’s mandates to come to a screeching halt. They are refusing to vote cloture on the National Defense Authorization Act 2023 unless the mandates are changed. They sent a letter to the Senate leadership.
Senator Paul Rand (R-KY) kicked off the press conference last week by citing that even Dr. Paul Offit, a pro-vaccination doctor and an FDA vaccination advisor resigned over the U.S. policy pushing vaccinations on children and young adults. Offit will not have his own 24-year-old son vaccinated.
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rick Scott (R-FLA) and others are standing up for the U.S. military.
With all of the other factors, Senator Lee stated, “This is not worth it” based upon the economic and health factors.
“Is this really a hill worth dying on?,” said Lee referring to all of the medical risks arising from these shots.
“Bottom line – the vaccination does not prevent infection or transmission, so why would we make anyone take it. It is insane,” said Senator Johnson.
According to Johnson, 8,000 military members have been dismissed because they refused to take the shots and 17,000 are waiting for their religious exemptions.
Senator Johnson cited CDC and FDA’s own data as causes for concern. “They have not been “transparent. The process is “out of control,” said Johnson.
“We should be taking care of our military members,” said Senator Rick Scott (R-FLA).
The Department of Defense required military members to become vaccinated in August 2021. In February, 2022, the military began discharging members for refusing to take the vaccine.
A delay on NDAA passage would compress the legislative calendar during the lame-duck session. Lawmakers need to pass either a stopgap spending bill or an omnibus package to continue to fund the government. Spending is set to expire on Dec. 16.
You can watch the press conference here in full.