"Mandates are the complete contrary of what government of, for, and by the people, is all about.”
Texas Insider Report: McALLEN, Texas – “The time to drop these ridiculous mandates in our Armed Forces is now. Not only is it putting our mission readiness at risk, but it’s also unnecessarily impacting or ending the careers of so many talented, young, and healthy service members,” said South Texas Congresswoman Mayra Flores (TX-34) – a staunch supporter of personal freedom, our nation's Armed Forces and Veterans, and a Member of the House Homeland Security Committee – after cosponsoring H.R. 3860, a bill to prohibit any requirement (mandate) that a member of the U.S. Armed Forces receive a vaccination against COVID-19.
“Mandates are the complete contrary of what government of, for, and by the people is about. Medical decisions should be made at the patient-doctor level – not by politicians and bureaucrats.
"It’s time for reason and common sense to prevail.”
As of August 29th, the U.S. Military has separated over 6,000 Service Members for COVID-19 vaccine refusal. This comes, said Flores, at a time when retention and recruitment concerns exists across all branches.
Additionally, out of the 1,000s of religious exemptions the military has received to the vaccine, less than 100 have been approved.
“I’m not only concerned for those in our military, but I’m also concerned about retention and recruitment challenges at Local, State & Federal Agencies," said Flores.
A recent NBC News report confirmed that ‘every branch of the military is struggling to make its 2022 recruitment goals’. H.R. 3860 has 78 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, out of which 12 are from the State of Texas.