12/07/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/07/2021 20:12
Washington, DC - Florida Congressman Daniel Webster, R - Clermont, released the following statement on his vote to pass the House Amendment to S. 1605, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 or FY22 NDAA.
"By rejecting President Biden's cuts to readiness and responsibly investing in our warfighters, training, maintenance, and critical capabilities this bill greatly improves our national defense. Further, it recognizes the threats posed by China and Iran and holds the Administration accountable for their disastrous and embarrassing withdrawal from Afghanistan.
"I applaud Republican negotiators for removing poison pills from this legislation, including language that could result in women being drafted and a section that could lead to service members being unjustly deprived of their Second Amendment rights. Our negotiators also removed provisions that would create an Office of Extremism at the Department of Defense and establish policies or require troops to take training courses about so-called extremism.
"The bill also prohibits anything other than an Honorable Discharge for servicemembers who decline a COVID-19 vaccination and requires uniform procedures for vaccine exemptions, including recognizing natural immunity. This policy will retroactively apply to the date of the DoD COVID-19 vaccine order and be in place for at least 2 years."
The FY22 NDAA:
On Afghanistan, the bill requires a series of immediate reports to Congress, including: