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This Wednesday, a number of high-profile Republican Senators threatened to delay voting on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) — a major military policy bill. They argue the Senate must first vote on ending the Biden Administration’s Covid-19 vaccination requirement for active duty service members before the critical NDAA vote.

As NBC News reports:

 “Several Republicans are warning they will drag out Senate consideration of a massive military policy bill unless they get a vote on ending a Covid vaccination mandate for service members. At a news conference Wednesday, the seven senators said they would withhold support for quick consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act if Senate leaders don’t allow a floor vote on their proposal.”

The group is composed of  Mike Braun (R-IN), Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX) Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Rick Scott (R-FL), all of whom are expressing their opposition to the bill.

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They oppose the bill, not out of disdain for the military, but specifically because they love our armed forces. Whatever one thinks of COVID vaccinations, it is not right to enforce a mandate on the brave men and women of our armed forces. Indeed, we need more men and women to join the armed forces — not less!

“The problem here is that we’re having a dilemma we haven’t had in decades — and that’s finding enough people serving. Our recruiting goals are way short. The conflict in the world is getting worse, not better. We need more people in the military, not less.” Senator Graham argued.

“I think they’re using it as an excuse from the enlisted level, all the way up to the majors and colonels to the top brass,” maintains Senator Cruz.

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Our service men and women are brave and patriotic. They defend the freedoms we so greatly enjoy. As such, we the people should respect their conscientious decisions at all costs. For if they did not protect us abroad, we very well might not be able to follow our conscience here at home.