Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the House GOP’s pick for Speaker of the House for the incoming Congress, stated this week on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that the next National Defense Authorization Act would repeal the Biden govt.’s vaccine requirement for military members.
The California Republican legislator told anchor Maria Bartiromo that if the vaccine mandate is not removed, the legislation will be stalled. He also stated that he challenged President Joe Biden about the mandate, implying that there was room for compromise.
“So, just to make it clear, you’re stating that the vaccine requirement for the military will be lifted in the NDAA, which will be released next week?” Bartiromo inquired.
McCarthy said, “Yes, it will. Or else, the bill will not move. I’ve made that very plain to the president. I’d want to thank the president for collaborating with me on this. This is the first indication of a split administration. You’ve found some middle ground here. And we have something on which the Republicans, as well as a number of Democrats, have been working extremely hard in order to achieve victory. But the one-party government never would allow this to happen. And now we will be successful.”