‘Woke’ military provisions are sticking points for GOP as vote on defense policy bill looms

Republicans are restraining the inclusion of “woken” military policies in the annual defense bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act. They plan to work with Democrats to add provisions to counter “wild” Biden administration policies while Democrats rush to pass a vote before year’s end.

Due to the lack in floor time before Congress leaves for 2018, there has been some discussion that Democrats might include the NDAA as part of a final year’s spending package. This strategy, according to Senate Republicans, raises questions about whether Congress can pass the NDAA. It sets the military policy and spend levels for the Pentagon and other federal agencies.

Sen. Marsha BLACKBURN, R-Tenn., criticized Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for playing politics with NDAA. He delayed its passage until the very last minute and prevented a robust debate about its contents.

Blackburn stated that “The military appears to be Chuck Schumer’s new favorite political football.” “We have passed defense authorization 61 times in a row. “I am certain that there will be broad bipartisan support of number 62, which renders this strict timeline even more unnecessary.”

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Democrats are considering several provisions of the NDAA that Republicans reject.

Democrats, for example, have included language in the fiscal 2023 NDAA that would allow women to be drafted. This prompted Republicans led by Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to introduce the “Don’t Draft our Daughters” amendment.

Cotton stated to Fox News Digital that the defense bill was not the right place for Democrats to indulge in their wild social experiments like forcing women to sign up for the draft. “Democrats must agree to pass a clear bill if they want to protect America, keep our troops safe and not indulge in their wild ideas like forcing women to register for the draft,” Cotton said to Fox News Digital.

Other times, Republicans may seek to add language to attack Biden’s policies.

Fox News Digital’s Blackburn stated that she was concerned about President Biden’s military vaccine mandate. She also said that the NDAA will protect Americans from the “New Axis of Evil,” which includes China, by ensuring that the NDAA “protects Americans against being fired due to Biden’s vaccine mandate.” This is especially important given the current military recruitment crisis.

One Senate GOP aide stated that “Passing NDAA was critical for national security.” “We want it done. However, members are still concerned about the mandated vaccine for military. This has led to a crisis in military recruitment.

In September, Blackburn introduced a separate bill that would eliminate any punishment for service personnel who sought religious accommodation to the Pentagon’s COVID-19 mandate. This was after Biden declared the pandemic “over.”

In June, the senator proposed two amendments to NDAA to protect military parents’ control over their children’s education. Additionally, congressional funding for “woken” diversity, equity and integration Department of Defense programs would be subject to more restrictions. During an Armed Services Committee vote, both amendments were defeated.

“We must have the troops, and the equipment necessary to keep our safety,” the GOP aide said, noting that most of the resistance is coming from the House.

Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. was the House Minority Leader and demanded that the vote on the NDAA be delayed until 2023 because of the woke policies contained in the legislation.

McCarthy stated that he has seen the Democrats’ actions, particularly in the NDAA. He also spoke out about the ‘wokeism they want to add there.” “I believe that the NDAA should remain up until the beginning of the year. Let’s do it right.”

In a July statement, Rep. Andrew Clyde (Republican from Georgia) explained why he voted against fiscal year 2023 NDAA. “Medical tyranny or wokeness don’t improve our ranks — these policy undermine them and our combat readiness, which in turn undermining our national safety and security.” It’s also incredibly surprising and shocking that the Left’s ideology, and vaccination obsession, are being prioritized at a moment when every branch is struggling with recruitment and retention goals.

According to the conservative Heritage Foundation, a report was released over the summer urging Congress not to repeal provisions in the NDAA that “foster corporate wokeness.” It contains a provision that requires public companies to disclose annually “the racial and ethnic, gender identity and sexual orientation of their board directors, nominees and senior executives officers” according to the report. The provision would also create a group to “increase corporate diversity.”

The Heritage report states that “aside from the obvious question about how such a clause was decided to be appropriate for inclusion into a defense policy bill”, the bigger issue is that this requirement does not belong in U.S. corporate Governance.

Republicans have pledged to end the “wokeness” in America’s military once they win control of Congress.

Rep. Jim Banks (Republican from Indiana), a member the House Armed Services Committee, stated that “I believe it’s one our very top priorities to clean out the mess the administration made with the excessively dangerous COVID mandates onto our troops at an age where we have historically low recruiting.”

Banks said, “When you think about the posture hearings or the legislative process for the NDAA,” and he added, “I think you can expect more from what you’ve seen in the last couple years.”

Rep. Mike Rogers (Republican from Alabama), is the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. He previously stated that the GOP would place military personnel issues at its forefront in January. He also promised to target “woke” Pentagon policies.

Fox News Digital did not receive any comment from the GOP ranking Members on the House or Senate Armed Services Committee about the NDAA.