Biden Military Bill To Lift Covid Vaccine Mandate For Troops And Authorize More Ukraine Funding
According to a published post by NBC News,
On Thursday, The Senate passed a massive military-politics bill, leading the defense department to lift Covid vaccination requirements for military personnel and authorize $858 billion in defense expenditure.
The National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill authorizing the spending and policies of the Department of Defense, passed the Senate by a vote of 83 to 11 votes, 5 republicans and 6 democrats voted against the bill.
According to a published post by NBC News, it passed the House last week by a 350 to 80 vote. The codification is now on its way to President Joe Biden’s desk for signatory.
Covid Vaccine Mandate Lifted For Troops And Authorize More Ukraine Funding
The bipartisan bill authorizes funding for Taiwan and Ukraine and a 4.6% wage hike for the military. It would also remove mandatory vaccinations for the military, a republican priority. Democratic legislators have allowed the new Covid language to guarantee timely passage of the bill.
A Grand Old Party-backed amendment calling for the immediate removal of vaccination mandates, rather than waiting or delaying for several weeks, resulted to fell short of the 60-vote threshold required for passage in the Senate.
Another amendment proposed by Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) called for a Licensing Act that attempted to overhaul the licensing process for energy and infrastructure projects, known as licensing reform. He also missed the hurdle of 60 votes.