A mixed bag.
Congress is poised to use the annual defense policy bill to eliminate the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate — a major concession by President Biden’s Democratic allies that helps clear the way to passing the sweeping package before year’s end.
In a compromise with Republicans, House Democrats are allowing language into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that repeals the coronavirus vaccine mandate for U.S. service members a year after it was enacted, House Armed Services Committee ranking member Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) confirmed to The Hill Tuesday.
The cultural change is not universal, but it is widespread. That’s why I think efforts in L.A. to bring back mask mandates won’t work. People have moved on. Or at least most people have. Some dead-enders will fight for it, but Dems are about ready to move on.
The concession by Democrats on a mandate they once championed zealously highlights how attitudes surrounding the vaccines have shifted since the coronavirus struck almost three years ago.
I’m skeptical of bipartisan deals and compromises.
House Dems decided that the vaccine mandate is a losing battle and expendable to horse trade for the things they really want. Arguably it’s also achieved its intended result of pushing out conservatives.
Bringing them back is not in the deal.
One thing not expected in the bill, however, is language to reinstate troops, sailors and airmen who were discharged or received penalties for declining the vaccine, a provision GOP lawmakers hoped to insert in the legislation.
Instead, lawmakers on the House and Senate Armed Services committees are planning report language for the bill that allows the Pentagon to evaluate service members affected by the mandate, Rogers said.
On the one hand, there’s a severe recruiting crisis, on the other, Biden’s brass don’t give a damn about military readiness and welcome the purge. Reversing the purge would undo the whole agenda. I suspect the door will be fairly open for some of the younger guys they need, whom they think they can still brainwash, but overall they’re happy with where things are. They don’t need a functional military, they need a politically conformist one. The vaccine mandate was just one of a number of political tests.
There will be more.