As the controversy over vaccines and the federal mandate around them, one group of Republicans has trying to ban the mandates altogether.
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., helped lead a group of 21 Republicans who introduced the “Freedom From Mandates Act” Monday to “block Biden’s vaccine mandates.”
“The federal government may not force the American people to get a vaccine against their will,” Rep. Biggs said. “President Biden’s continued attempts to trample on the rights and liberties of Americans must not be tolerated. His vaccine mandates are just another example of using fear and division to pit Americans against each other and maintain his control. The American people must be allowed to make their own health care decisions. It is their right.”
More than two dozen governors have stood against Biden’s mandate, which will now face a legal challenge.
“When you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to stand up for the Constitution and to fight back, and we are doing that in the state of Florida,” said Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“This is a president who has acknowledged in the past he does not have the authority to force this on anybody, and this order would result potentially in millions of Americans losing their jobs.”
Whether the act can get enough traction to cause problems for Biden’s mandate remains to be seen.
“The Texas Public Policy Foundation commends Congressman Andy Biggs for introducing the Freedom from Mandates Act,” Kevin Roberts, CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “This bill would nullify President Biden’s unconstitutional national vaccine mandate that represents one of the most egregious overreaches of the federal government on the liberty and freedoms of the American people. Forcing employees to choose between their job and injecting drugs into their bodies is not only a violation of their liberty, but for those serving in the armed forces and other military operations, it poses a national security risk. Congressman Biggs’ Freedom from Mandates Act is a necessary first step to push back against the Biden administration’s authoritarian actions under the guise of COVID-19.”