Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Here Are The Republicans Who Voted Against Reinstating Troops Who Refused The Vaccine

Four Republican senators joined Democrats in shooting down an amendment to a massive defense authorization package that would have reinstated troops discharged for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed the Senate 83-11 Thursday night, and along with it a provision overturning the Biden administration’s service-wide vaccine requirement. Republican Senators Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Mike Rounds of South Dakota voted no on a last-minute amendment to the bill re-enlisting thousands of troops separated for refusing the vaccine mandate, collapsing the proposal 54 to 40.

“These were direct orders from commanding officers,” Cassidy said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation, referring to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who announced the vaccine mandate. “I voted to end the COVID vaccine mandate in the military, but it is not Congress’s place to intervene in the chain of command and set a precedent for military personnel to ignore direct orders.”

The Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps have separated at least 8,400 active duty and reserve troops for spurning the Department of Defense’s (DOD) August 2021 requirement that all servicemembers receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to information the DOD provided to the DCNF. While the bicameral defense bill released late Tuesday directs the Pentagon to rescind the mandate, it stopped short of requiring the military to restore discharged troops to their prior positions or provide reparations.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas reintroduced a portion of the AMERICANS Act, which revoked the Department of Defense’s vaccination mandate, that was left out of the final NDAA text ahead of the vote Thursday.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that the Biden administration is trying to coerce our men and women in uniform to violate their conscience and religious beliefs, let alone on an issue as polarizing as the COVID-19 vaccine. The AMERICANS Act will ensure that these and similar efforts to politicize our military on this issue are blocked,” Cruz said in a statement after introducing the act with his Republican co-sponsors in May.

Defense leaders continue to maintain that ensuring the overall health of individual servicemembers, including by receiving complete doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, is a “readiness issue.” The White House reiterated support for the vaccination mandate on Dec. 5, Fox News reported.

Republican Senators Cruz, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Roy Blunt of Missouri and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee did not vote in Thursday evening’s session.

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson “agreed to shepherd the Johnson-Cruz amendment to a vote this week since Sen. Cruz was away from Washington,” a spokesperson for Cruz told the DCNF.

Cruz intends to file an updated AMERICANS Act in the next Congress “to continue fighting for members of the Armed Services who were wrongfully discharged,” the spokesperson added.

READ 59 COMMENTS
  • Ernies Pile says:

    Bowe Bergdahl disobeyed a direct order and was rewarded for it by Barrack Hussein Obama. So stick that into your shorts.

  • Bob the builder says:

    I know it’s harsh that they can’t be reinstated, but look on the bright side. They won’t be dying unexpectedly with myocarditis or from blood clots.

  • Rich Bach says:

    Now we all know why there is a problem with recruitment. Any red blooded American that wanted to serve in the military are not enlisting because of the vaccine mandate. I guess that is why Joe Biden is weakening the military. When it comes to any country invading the United State, where will the troops come from?

  • TOP STORIES

    News

    President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 symptoms nearly cleared up five days after he was diagnosed with the virus for the third time, according to White...

    News

    Those worried that Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle would avoid having to take any responsibility for the near-assassination of former President Donald Trump can...

    News

    The father of would-be Donald Trump assassin Thomas Matthew Crooks has revealed the family is just trying to “take care of ourselves” — as...

    News

    Vice President Kamala Harris will not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress. The move is likely an attempt to distance herself...

    >