Congress eyes end to military coronavirus vaccine mandate

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Congress is exploring whether to jettison a coronavirus vaccine mandate on military service members as part of a roughly $800 billion bill to reauthorize the Pentagon, a concession meant to win Republican votes on the vital end-of-year package.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) claimed Sunday that he had worked out the arrangement directly with President Biden. Although White House officials later disputed that characterization, McCarthy described the compromise as his party’s “first victory” since the GOP won control of the House in the midterm elections.

“We will secure lifting that vaccine mandate on our military,” McCarthy said on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” “What we’re finding out is they’re kicking out men and women who are serving.”

Asked if it would be definitively removed from the bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, McCarthy replied: “Yes it will, otherwise the bill will not…

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This article was written by Tony Romm and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com