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Senate votes 45-51 to reject closing debate on NDA

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, talks to reporters following a GOP strategy meeting, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, talks to reporters following a GOP strategy meeting, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) effectively set up a blockade on what Republicans decried as a lackluster defense bill proposed by Democrats.

On Monday, the Senate voted 51-to-45 in favor of Republicans to reject a motion to close debate and vote on the 2022 Defense Authorization Act. This missed the 60 vote threshold to move on to a vote, which is something McConnell threatened would happen if Democrats failed to hear concerns made by Republicans.

McConnell warned that despite being downplayed by the Biden administration, the threats to U.S. national security have gotten immensely worse, especially in the Middle East.

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“In 10-months in office, despite naïve happy talk from the administration, the threats we face are remarkably worse,” stated the Senate Minority Leader. “The vacuum they left in Afghanistan has emboldened terrorists from Iran’s militias in Iraq, Syria and Yemen to the highest ranks of the Taliban’s government.”

McConnell also called out Democrats for neglecting the mounting threats to America and international security from Russia. This ranges from cyber security threats to hypersonic missile development and undermining American energy with the creation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

McConnell laments Democrats are turning a blind eye to Russia after wailing about their alleged heavy meddling in the 2016 election of 45th President Donald Trump.

“For four years, my colleagues, the Democratic leaders, seem constantly focused on Putin and Russia,” stated the senator. “But now with Putin flaunting his power and Russia engaged in ongoing cyber attacks, weapons tests and troop build ups — crickets.”

The Kentucky Republican added, the current draft of the NDAA fails to take on America’s greatest threat on the international stage — China.

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However, since Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and a handful of other members of the Democrat Caucus voted with Republicans, he can force another vote at a later date. In the meantime, Schumer has vowed to work hard to get the bill passed through Congress and Republicans hope the future law reflects a bipartisan legislature.

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GOP members say newest COVID variant is blown out of proportion

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FILE - James Robson, a biomedical engineering graduate student, holds a swab and specimen vial in the new COVID-19, on-campus testing lab, Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Boston University in Boston. The United States has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples since early 2021. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

FILE – James Robson, a biomedical engineering graduate student, holds a swab and specimen vial in the new COVID-19, on-campus testing lab, Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Boston University in Boston. The United States has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as Omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples since early 2021. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

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UPDATED 6:56 AM PT – Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Former Texas congressman Ron Paul and current Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had some strong thoughts regarding the latest COVID-19 variant frenzy. Paul, for instance, asserted the Omicron variant is yet another deception by Democrats and health bureaucrats.

“The fawning over this by the media really is pretty nauseating, how the propagandists promote all this stuff,” he stated.

In a new episode of his Liberty Report on Monday, Paul pointed out speculation of the Omicron variant is used by Democrat officials to justify new restrictions and government mandates. He said Africa has successfully fought COVID-19 and it had less infections than any other major regions.

The former congressman’s co-host, Daniel McAdams, then criticized Joe Biden’s travel ban on African nations. Paul also said Dr. Anthony Fauci and other officials are “stirring the pot” with claims of Omicron to validate their relevance in public debate.

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Meanwhile, Governor DeSantis said the Sunshine State will not impose any lockdowns or restrictions amid the media frenzy over the Omicron variant. While speaking at a law enforcement conference in Orlando on Monday, the Republican said media-driven hysteria is infringing of people’s freedom when it comes to any variants of COVID-19.

The governor then stressed that he will not allow Biden and his officials to lock down his fellow Floridians or destroy their jobs and businesses.

“In Florida, we will not let them lock you down, we will not let them take your jobs, we will not let them harm your businesses, we will not let them close your schools,” stated the governor. “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

DeSantis also cited South African doctors who identified the new variant as saying all its cases have been mild and none of the patients required hospitalization.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters and members of the media after a bill signing Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. DeSantis signed a bill that protects employees and their families from coronavirus vaccine and mask mandates. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters and members of the media after a bill signing Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. DeSantis signed a bill that protects employees and their families from coronavirus vaccine and mask mandates. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

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L.A. enforces indoor vaccine mandate

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Patrons Naomi and Troy DeMontmorency, from Kern County, Calif., show their digital vaccination certificates to waiter Juan Rodrigues, left, before being allowed to enter the Fred 62 restaurant in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Enforcement began Monday in Los Angeles for one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country, a sweeping measure that requires proof of COVID-19 shots for everyone entering a wide variety of businesses from restaurants to theaters and gyms to nail and hair salons. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Patrons Naomi and Troy DeMontmorency, from Kern County, Calif., show their digital vaccination certificates to waiter Juan Rodrigues, left, before being allowed to enter the Fred 62 restaurant in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Enforcement began Monday in Los Angeles for one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country, a sweeping measure that requires proof of COVID-19 shots for everyone entering a wide variety of businesses from restaurants to theaters and gyms to nail and hair salons. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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Los Angeles, a city known for its beaches, film industry and draconian COVID vaccine measures. The City of Angels began enforcing its SafePass L.A. ordinance on Monday. The measure is one of the strictest in the nation, forbidding patrons from entering indoor facilities without providing proof of vaccination.

The law affects a multitude of businesses, including bars, restaurants, salons and gyms. Los Angeles waiter Juan Rodrigues explained how the measure does not totally exclude the unvaccinated from eating out.

“Every time when a customer comes, eating at the restaurant, they have to have a vaccination card,” he explained. “That way they are allowed to come inside. If they want to sit outside on the patio, they don’t need the vaccination card.”

Although the mandate first went into effect earlier this month, businesses were given a grace period until its official enforcement date. The move coincides with the CDC broadening booster shot eligibility for adults due to the emergence of the Omicron variant.

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Patrons such as Naomi DeMontmorency, however, believes SafePass L.A puts even more stress on already fledgling industries.

“I think it’s kind of silly, but myself I think it hurts the business owners,” she stated. “I feel like, you know, they’re trying to just make a living and do what they do in the service industry. And now they’re having to police vaccination cards and then they have to deal with people who don’t want to show it.”

Melanie Bolen, a personal trainer, shows her vaccination card before being allowed to sit inside the Fred 62 restaurant in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Enforcement began Monday in Los Angeles for one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country, a sweeping measure that requires proof of COVID-19 shots for everyone entering a wide variety of businesses from restaurants to theaters and gyms to nail and hair salons. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Melanie Bolen, a personal trainer, shows her vaccination card before being allowed to sit inside the Fred 62 restaurant in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Enforcement began Monday in Los Angeles for one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country, a sweeping measure that requires proof of COVID-19 shots for everyone entering a wide variety of businesses from restaurants to theaters and gyms to nail and hair salons. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Other patrons, like Melanie Bolen, are more than happy to comply with the ordinance, believing it will help bring the crisis to a close.

“I was one of the first people to jump on the vaccination, so it doesn’t bother me because I’ve been getting them for everything my whole life,” she stated. “I believe in them and if you know if that’s what’s needed to help get things over with this pandemic, I’m all for it.”

No expiration date has been given for SafePass L.A. Businesses that break the ordinance will be fined between $1,000 and $5,000 per instance depending on number of previous violations.

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