Hoeven Joins Blackburn & Colleagues in Helping Secure Provision in NDAA to Protect Servicemembers from COVID Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Hoeven and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), along with Senators Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), released the following joint statement after helping to successfully secure a provision in the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to protect servicemembers from the Biden administration’s COVID vaccine mandate.

“In the United States, the number of new servicemembers joining the military is reaching a near record low. The United States needs a strong military to protect our country against the growing threats facing our nation. We are pleased that the final conferenced bill includes language mirroring our amendments to protect troops from being fired due to Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate without fair appeal and to the harm of service readiness,” said Senators Hoeven, Blackburn, Marshall, Hyde-Smith, Braun, Fischer, Ernst, Tuberville, Crapo, Daines and Risch.

Hoeven joined Senator Blackburn in introducing legislation, including: 

  • A measure to the 2023 NDAA to ensure members of the National Guard or Reserve maintain access to pay and benefits while their request for a religious or health accommodation is pending.
  • A provision to the 2023 NDAA to prohibit involuntary separation of any servicemember for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine until each Service achieves its end strength authorized by last year’s NDAA.