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Kevin McCarthy announced Tuesday that under Republican leadership, the Biden Administrations’ Covid-19 vaccine mandate for active duty service men and women will be put to an end.

“The end of President Biden’s military COVID vaccine mandate is a victory for our military and for common sense. Last week, I told the president directly: it’s time to end the COVID vaccine mandate and rehire our service members.” McCarthy remarked in a statement.

“While I applaud the end of this onerous mandate — the Biden administration must go further. Unfortunately, the mandate has already had negative consequences for our military: The Army and Navy missed their 2022 recruitment goals by thousands of service members. And, at the direction of the Biden administration, the Defense Department discharged 3,300 Marines, 1,800 soldiers, 1,800 sailors, and 900 airmen simply based on their personal decision to not take the COVID vaccine.” McCarthy added.

“These heroes deserve justice now that the mandate is no more. The Biden administration must correct service records and not stand in the way of re-enlisting any service member discharged simply for not taking the COVID vaccine. Make no mistake: this is a win for our military.”

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“McCarthy then laid out the major action House Republicans will take once the new congress is sworn in.

“But in 28 days the real work begins — the new House Republican majority will work to finally hold the Biden administration accountable and assist the men and women in uniform who were unfairly targeted by this Administration.”

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This is a massive undertaking and one the country so direly needed. Our service men and women are the best and brightest our country has to offer. We should protect their freedoms at all costs, for they so bravely protect our own freedoms — often risking their lives as they do so. It is neither right nor just to force anyone to violate their own conscience, but especially not our brave military. Republicans are the party of a strong America, and that means supporting the decisions of those who keep us safe and feared around the world.