House republicans attack Pentagon for ‘woke’ policies

WASHINGTON – House Republicans plan to open a new front in the culture wars: attacking the Pentagon for its “woke” social policies.

GOP leaders have won an early skirmish. Congress passed a defense bill that will no longer require service members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine – one of many military policies the soon-to-be Republican-led House may spotlight in the next Congress.

GOP members of military oversight committees in Congress are signaling they’ll target the Pentagon over racial curriculum at military academies, efforts to root out extremists from the ranks, and funding for troops’ abortions. The issue could get an increased focus in this Congress as Republican members, who will now control the House of Representatives and its committees, have more sway over the chamber’s agenda.

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