Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) host a press conference on ending the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 2:00 p.m. ET at the Ohio Clock Corridor in the Capitol.
The senators sent a letter on Wednesday to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell expressing opposition to moving forward with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023 unless the Senate votes on an amendment to prohibit discharges from the Armed Forces solely because of COVID-19 vaccination status. The amendment will also reinstate service members already discharged, with back pay.
Senators Mike Lee, Lindsey Graham, Mike Braun, Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Roger Marshall, Tommy Tuberville, Marco Rubio, Steve Daines, Cindy Hyde-Smith, and Josh Hawley also joined Paul and Scott on the letter.
“The Department of Defense COVID-19 vaccine mandate has ruined the livelihoods of men and women who have honorably served our country…While the Department of Defense certainly must make decisions that will bolster military readiness, the effects of the mandate are antithetical to readiness of our force, and the policy must be revoked,” the Senators wrote. “The United States simply cannot afford to discharge our brave men and women in uniform and lose the investments we have made into each and every one of them due to an inept bureaucratic policy… We respectfully request that the Senate vote on this important issue that adversely affects our service members and our national security.”