While a government shutdown still looms, the Senate has passed the annual Defense Authorization Bill, sending the $858 billion measure to President Biden’s desk. Republicans are claiming victory on a key provision, but say they are working to reverse another that puts the unborn at risk.
The mandate which requires troops to get a COVID vaccine or be kicked out has been stripped from the NDAA. The Defense Department had defended the measure and discharged thousands. Senator Rick Scott, a Navy veteran, says service members shouldn’t been treated that way, especially with recruitment levels at an all time low. However, Senator Scott’s amendment restoring back pay did not pass.
Senator Roger Marshall, a doctor, says service personnel are paying the price for faulty science. Senator Kevin Cramer, who sits on the Armed Services Committee, says he signed a letter along with 34 others, demanding the Defense Department drop the policy. Capitol Hill Correspondent, Erik Rosales reports.