Biden To Finally Back Down On Military Vaccine Order

( Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the Republican Party in the House, insisted this week that the Biden administration will soon lift the mandate that requires all members of the active military to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

During a recent appearance on Fox News, McCarthy said

“We’re working through what is the [National Defense Authorization Act], the national defense bill. We will secure lifting that vaccine mandate on our military, because what we’re finding is, they’re kicking out men and women that have been serving.

“That’s the first victory of having a Republican majority, and we’d like to have more of those victories, and we should start moving those now.”

Republicans will have a majority in the House starting early in the new year, once the new Congress takes its seats in Washington. That happened after the GOP won the slight majority in the midterm elections last month.

But, McCarthy — who is currently the minority leader and is hoping to be the Speaker of the House — believes that his party shouldn’t wait to start moving things forward before that officially happen.

During his appearance on Fox News, McCarthy was asked point blank whether the vaccine mandate for the military would be lifted. He quickly responded

“Yes, it will. Otherwise, the [defense] bill will not move. I’ve been very clear with the president. The president … worked with me on this.

“This is the first sign of having divided government. You got some compromise here, and we’ve got something that Republicans have been working very hard, a number of Democrats, too, trying to find success. But, one-party rule would never allow that to go forward, and now we’re going to have success.”

Reuters reported recently that McCarthy wasn’t just blowing smoke, either. The Biden administration confirmed that the discussions he was referring to did indeed take place.

Olivia Dalton, a spokesperson for the White House, told Reuters

“Leader McCarthy raised this with the president, and the president told him he would consider it. The secretary of defense has recommended retaining the mandate, and the president supports his position. Discussions about the NDAA are ongoing.”

That’s not exactly a resounding support of McCarthy’s position that the mandate be lifted. However, the Republican leader did say on Fox News that the GOP in the House would hold up the NDAA if the Biden administration decided not to lift the vaccine mandate.

Republican governors from more than 20 states sent a letter to Congress recently demanding that this vaccine mandate for the military be lifted — either via the NDAA or another piece of legislation.

After that letter was sent, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee tweeted:

“The federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate on members of our Armed Forces is a threat to national security & readiness at home in TN. With 20 GOP governors, I’m calling on Congressional leaders to take action to restore personal freedom for the brave men & women who serve our nation.”