Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., arrives for a vote on Capitol Hill, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
UPDATED 8:23 AM PT – Thursday, November 4, 2021
Members of the U.S. Senate launched a challenge to rollback Joe Biden’s vaccine requirement for large businesses. During a news conference Wednesday, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) said he’s joined 40 others to formally disapprove and nullify the vaccine mandate under the Congressional Review Act.
“Isn’t the question: who is best to decide whether or not a person should be vaccinated other than that person in consultation with his or her position?” asked the Republican lawmaker. “No one would think it’s the best result to have something in Washington D.C. dictate whether you or a member of your family must be vaccinated.”
Moran stressed the measure is a vast overstep of authority of what should be a personal medical decision for every American. He explained that if Biden decides to halt the mandate, it will only benefit Americans still struggling from the coronavirus pandemic.
“The consequences [of the vaccine mandate[ that it has to individuals, to workers who are contemplating what life will be like without their current job,” he continued. “And secondly, their employer who desperately needs them be at work…I would ask the President to not be tone deaf…step forward and alter this, eliminate this mandate and let the decisions be made back home.”
Under the Congressional Review Act, the lawmakers seek to overturn the order for employers with 100 or more employees to have workers vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing for unvaccinated workers. This comes after Republican senators wrote a letter to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R-N.Y.) expressing their intent to block federal funding for the potential COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Meanwhile, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) also weighed in on the unfavorable measure, saying it’s unfair for hard-working Americans who put their life on the line to help from the very beginning of the pandemic. He stressed they will perceive it as betrayal for being left without a job when they were expected to report to the frontlines when the virus swept the country.
“You know, it was just months ago that we asked heroes to run to the sound of this battle, to this epidemic,” Marshall stated. “A time when we didn’t know what the consequences were, with the morbidity and the mortality was from this virus. We asked nurses and health care workers, emergency responders to run to the sound of this battle…and those people feel like they are about to get a slap in the face. That they are no longer essential employees, obviously.”
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the new rules under the Labor Department Thursday, saying all businesses with 100 employees or more must make sure their workers are vaccinated by January 4.
If employees maintain their right to choose whether to get the vaccine or not, they must wear masks by December 5 and provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test after the January 4 deadline. Not only are employees expected to comply with these tyrannical requirements, the companies are not required to pay for those weekly tests. This means the cost will come out of the worker’s pocket.
The move follows an announcement by Biden back in September in which expressed intent to increase vaccination rates and reduce the risk of exposure. This mandate is expected to impact over 8 million Americans who have chosen not to get the vaccine.