Twenty-one Republican governors, led by Gov. Bill Lee (TN), sent a letter on Wednesday to the leaders of Congress objecting to the Biden administration’s coronavirus vaccine mandate on U.S. service members and calling on the Congress to overturn it.
“We ask you to take immediate action to remove and prohibit the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on members of the U.S. Armed Forces, issued by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on August 24, 2021—either through the National Defense Authorization Act or a standalone bill. The Biden vaccine mandate on our military creates a national security risk that severely impacts our defense capabilities abroad and our state readiness here at home,” they wrote.
They argued the mandate was creating a “two-front problem” — service members leaving the military and new recruits not signing up.