Senator Mike Lee says he is “here to defend” people against vaccination mandate
Promising to return to the Senate for as long as it takes, Utah Senator Mike Lee unsuccessfully introduced the first of a dozen bills he drafted on Tuesday to overturn President Joe’s vaccination mandate. Biden, who has yet to be issued.
The president’s “strong” pressure to force Americans to choose between decisions affecting their health and providing for their families is wrong, the Republican senator said.
Even if the mandate is never implemented, he would still get Biden what he wants because companies across the country are giving in to the “awesome power” of the federal government before it is legally drafted. According to the “vague” outline of Biden’s order, businesses are at risk of sinking if only a small number of its employees are not vaccinated, Lee said.
“It’s a scary tactic of the worst kind, and it works,” Lee said. “People are afraid and I am here to defend them.
Biden announced a six-point initiative earlier this month to boost vaccinations, improve access to testing, and make coronavirus treatments more widely available to slow the wave of COVID-19.
As part of the plan, companies with 100 or more employees are expected to require their workers to be vaccinated or undergo at least one weekly test for the coronavirus. Businesses that do not comply could face fines of up to $ 14,000 per violation. All federal workers would also be required to get the vaccine.
Lee called the mandate unconstitutional, “but, frankly, I don’t think the president cares.”
Tuesday, Lee proposed the legislation which would grant an exemption on the basis of “personal belief and other purposes”. He said the bill would provide an exception for those who sincerely believe “for religious or other reasons” that they should not be vaccinated against COVID-19.
His attempt to pass the measure by unanimous consent failed when Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., Opposed it.
Murray said the “unnecessary” bill would undermine efforts to end a pandemic that has killed more than 685,000 people. If people are not vaccinated, the booming delta variant will continue to hurt the economy and kill people.
“Let’s be clear, immunization requirements are not new to this country,” she said, noting that state and local governments and school districts have long demanded polio and measles immunizations. “Taking similar action against COVID-19 is common sense. “
Tailored exemptions for legitimate religious and medical considerations already exist in Biden law and policy, Murray said. Lee’s bill, she said, would create a “massive loophole” that would lead to more preventable deaths.
Murray said it was “so frustrating” how afraid people are of the virus and how they are trying to do the right thing “only for Republicans to come up with ideas that would create political divide, prolong this crisis and would cost more lives “.
In response, Lee said there were no exemptions built into Biden’s tenure because it didn’t exist yet.
“As far as I know, this may be a feature, not a bug,” he said.
As many companies pass policies ahead of federal vaccine requirements, workers with genuine objections will be without recourse, Lee said. And if the mandate with those exemptions exists, Lee said, he’s struggling to understand why anyone would oppose his bill.
“Without these protections, President Biden is telling many religious minorities across the country that they don’t need to apply for a job and if they already have a job, that job is in danger,” Lee said.
Lee said he has more bills to counter Biden’s tenure.
“I’ll be back tomorrow, the next day and for as long as it takes to continue fixing this problem,” Lee said. “Freedom matters and the constitution matters. President Biden ignored them both.