Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced legislation that would prevent the firing of 40,000 U.S. Army National Guard members who refused to comply with the COVID vaccine mandate; Blackburn says firing them would be a threat to national security.
“Our service members are the bedrock of America,” Blackburn told the Daily Caller before introducing the legislation. “Firing 40,000 Guardsmen for refusing the COVID vaccine would be both a complete disgrace and a threat to our national security. I am honored to stand beside our National Guardsmen and women by introducing this legislation to protect them from President Biden’s forever pandemic.”
“We’re going to give every soldier every opportunity to get vaccinated and continue their military career. Every soldier that is pending an exemption, we will continue to support them through their process,” said Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, director of the Army National Guard, in an Associated Press interview. “We’re not giving up on anybody until the separation paperwork is signed and completed. There’s still time.”
From The Daily Wire…
Blackburn joins several House Republicans who have proposed laws to end COVID mandates, masks, and vaccines.
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS), a physician, said on Twitter that President Biden“is allowing illegal immigrants of unknown vax status to invade our country every day but is still willing to fire up to 40,000 American heroes.”
Tennessee National Guard members urged the state’s governor, Bill Lee, Wednesday to take action against the mandate and sue the federal government if necessary.
“On June 30, hundreds of your Tennessee National Guard soldiers – under an illegal, improper order by the Biden administration’s Department of Defense in defiance of natural law and the United States Constitution – are scheduled to be dismissed from service due to refusal to accept a COVID-19 vaccination,” the petition states. “It is your duty before God and the citizens of the great state of Tennessee, sir, to help these men and women. Please stop them from being fired, sir!”
Blackburn shared a video message on Twitter, saying many Tennesseans are supporting our National Guard.
Watch the clip below:
Our National Guardsmen and women should not be fired based on their vaccination status. pic.twitter.com/Z3MJcna8hh
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) July 1, 2022