Spotlight: Johnson seeks to end military shot mandate

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh) wants to see an immediate end to the Department of Defense’s COVID shot mandate that has cost thousands of troops their jobs.

Johnson joined a dozen of his Republican colleagues in a letter to Senate GOP leadership in expressing opposition to moving forward with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2023 unless the Senate votes on an amendment prohibiting discharges from the Armed Forces solely based on COVID-19 vaccination status. The amendment also aims to reinstate service members already discharged, with back pay.

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