Senators Stand With Armed Forces, Demand Senate Vote on Ending Military Covid-19 Vax Mandate
"Our young men and women in the military deserve better."
Today (11/30/22), Rand Paul hosted a Press Conference, accompanied by several Republican Senators, demanding a vote to end Biden’s military C19 vax mandate. But before making their way to the podium, they wrote a letter to their colleagues in Washington, D.C. Here’s a quick excerpt from the 13 Republican Senators asking for an end to the mandates:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Rick Scott (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Braun (R-IN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Steve Daines (R-MT), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Josh Hawley (R-MO) sent a letter to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Republican Whip John Thune, Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso, and Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman Roy Blunt 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.
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 to remedy a policy that adversely affects our service members and our national security.
Rand Paul was first up to the podium:
Our young men and women in the military deserve better. The Biden administration’s vaccination mandate has forced our nation’s young patriotic men and women to choose between their faith and their career — between their medical autonomy and their career. At a time when the military is struggling to meet their targets for recruitment, the Biden administration is firing soldiers we invested in and trained. Some will argue that the vaccine mandate in the military is not new. That is correct. But there are several factors unique to the COVID vaccine that make it different than other mandates.
“The CDC acknowledges that the COVID vaccine does not stop transmission.”
“So the argument that the mandate will stop incapacitating spread in the close quarters of the military is not applicable.”
“The COVID vaccine has a risk of causing inflammation, particularly in young men, particularly the young men that comprise over 90% of our military recruits.”
Florida’s “analysis found that there is an 84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination.”
“In addition,” stated Paul. “Several scientific studies, including a very large one in Israel, and another one by the CDC, have shown a heightened risk of myocarditis for children and teenagers after taking a second COVID vaccine dose. Israel saw elevated rates of myocarditis after young men were vaccinated, particularly after the second dose.”
Because of the scientific evidence, European countries began restricting the vaccine for certain age groups.
Germany, France, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden all limit their recommendations for vaccines for young people. Norway, South Africa, and the U.K. chose not to recommend or chose to recommend only one dose because of the risk of myocarditis.
Dr. Paul Offit, a former member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on vaccines, part of the FDA’s Advisory Committee on vaccines, resigned over this policy. He also said that even though he’s pro-vaccine, he’s been pro-everything vaccine for 40 years, that he wouldn’t give the vaccine to his 24-year-old son.
“The mandate ignores naturally-acquired immunity.”
80% of our young military recruits have had COVID. By compelling the young people to inject a vaccine into their bodies, they’re accepting a risk of myocarditis. In fact, it is inadvisable to take a vaccine if you’ve recently had COVID. Even the CDC admits this.
Our service members have spent their entire lives dedicated to protecting our country and making sacrifices to defend the Constitution. Congress should take action. And we’re taking action today by saying we will not vote to get on the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act), the defense authorization bill, unless we have a vote on ending this military vaccine mandate.
Thanks, Senator Paul, for kicking off this press conference to finally put an end to these insane vax mandates.
If you’d like to watch the entire press conference, you can do so here. Senator Ron Johnson’s presentation is especially good.
Thanks for reading.