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Military gets shot of vaccine mandate: Congress to scratch Pentagon's COVID measure...


Congressional Democrats are preparing to include language in the annual defense funding bill that would repeal a coronavirus vaccine mandate for all U.S. troops, according to a new Fox News report.

While the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will include a provision putting an end to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all service members, it will not reinstate those who were discharged or lost their benefits for refusing the jab the last few years.

It would, however, look into compensating those who face consequences for not getting the vaccine.

The bill, according to Fox, is expected to be released Wednesday and could be voted on in the House later this week.

The move is a big win for Republicans, who have since day one opposed compulsory vaccinations, and a defeat for President Joe Biden, who imposed the requirements shortly after the inoculations were developed.

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said earlier this month that he won bipartisan agreement to lift the mandate during a White House meeting with Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

The White House confirmed at the time that Biden agreed to consider the idea.

'Leader McCarthy raised this with the president and the president told him he would consider it,' said White House spokesperson Olivia Dalton, according to Reuters. 'The secretary of defense has recommended retaining the mandate, and the president supports his position. Discussions about the NDAA are ongoing.'