A group of House Republicans will introduce legislation Thursday that would inhibit President Joe Biden’s administration from imposing a vaccine mandate on Americans.
The Health Freedom For All Act legislation was initiated by Republicans New York Rep. Claudia Tenney and co-sponsered by Reps. Jim Banks, Jeff Duncan, Jody Hice, Brian Mast, Jake LaTurner, Lauren Boebert, Doug Lamborn, John Rose, Madison Cawthorn, Tom Tiffany, Brian Babin, Ronny Jackson, Jerry Carl, Jason Smith, and August Pfluger.
The Health Freedom For All Act would prevent the Secretary of Labor from enacting an emergency provision requiring employers to mandate vaccines, medication, or medical procedures, such as COVID-19 testing for employees. The bill also states that under existing law the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not have the authority to force Americans to undergo medical procedures, taking vaccines, or undergo testing.
“President Biden’s vaccine and testing mandate far exceeds the authority granted to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) by Congress. I received my vaccine and support voluntary vaccination efforts. However, I strongly oppose others being forced to receive the vaccine or it being made a condition of employment. My common sense bill makes clear that OSHA does not have the authority to force Americans to receive vaccines or undergo testing,” Tenney said in a statement.
“Like President Biden’s extension of the CDC’s [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] eviction moratorium earlier this year, this mandate is yet another attempt by the Administration to skirt the law and do through government coercion what it is failing to do through persuasion. I am honored to partner with Congressman Banks on this important effort to stop President Biden from further abusing our Constitution,” Tenney added.