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Senate sends Biden navy invoice that may take away COVID vaccine mandate for troops and authorize extra Ukraine funding


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Preventive Drugs Companies NCOIC Sergeant First Class Demetrius Roberson provides a COVID-19 vaccine to a soldier on September 9, 2021 in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

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The Senate handed an enormous navy coverage invoice on Thursday that may direct the Protection Division to raise a COVID vaccination mandate for service members and authorize $858 billion in protection spending.

The Nationwide Protection Authorization Act, the annual invoice authorizing Pentagon spending and insurance policies, cleared the Senate in an 83-11 vote. 5 Republicans and 6 Democrats opposed the measure.

It handed the Home final week by a vote of 350-80.

The laws now heads to the desk of President Joe Biden for his signature.

The bipartisan invoice would authorize funding for Taiwan and Ukraine and a 4.6% pay increase for troops. It might additionally eradicate the navy vaccination mandate, a Republican precedence. Democratic leaders allowed new COVID language to make sure well timed passage of the invoice.

A GOP-backed modification that insisted on ending the vaccination mandate instantly reasonably than ready a number of weeks failed to satisfy the 60-vote threshold wanted for adoption within the Senate.

A separate modification, launched by Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.VA, seeks to overtake the method for authorizing power and infrastructure initiatives within the authorization invoice, often known as allowing enhancements. It additionally fell wanting the 60-vote threshold.

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