Congressional Republicans are pulling out all the stops to block President Biden’s forthcoming directive that OSHA implement regulations that would force employers to issue vaccine mandates or face heavy fines.
According to text of the bill, named the No Taxation Without Congressional Consent Act, “no fine, fee, or taxation shall be imposed on any person for violating a COVID–19 vaccine mandate issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or any other executive agency.”
“Your decision about whether or not to get a COVID vaccine should be yours and yours alone — not Joe Biden’s or a bunch of federal bureaucrats you’ve never heard of,” Roy said in a statement to Fox News. “The president’s proposed mandate is both unconstitutional and flat-out tyrannical. No freedom-loving American should comply. This country needs, and her people deserve, healthcare freedom. That means taking control over our care back from politicians and bureaucrats. I am proud to introduce this legislation with my good friend Senator Mike Lee to gut the federal government’s ability to enforce this unconstitutional mandate.”
“Unvaccinated Americans aren’t the enemy,” Lee said in a statement to Fox News. “We should not be forcing employers to fire some of their valuable, and now hard to find, workers. We shouldn’t be threatening business owners with closure who do not wish to police their workforce’s decisions. Many simply cannot incur the cost of this enforcement in this economy.”
“The bill, introduced by Roy in the House and brought up for unanimous consent by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, in the Senate, defines terms and features a provision that insists the bill should not be construed as to allow for federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates,” the report continued. “The legislation, should it pass, would essentially eliminate OSHA’s ability to enforce vaccine mandates on employers and individuals, including government employees.”
Dozens of states stand poised to file federal lawsuits the moment the OSHA regulation is actually issued. Arizona’s Attorney General has formally filed a lawsuit over the Biden administration’s federal vaccine mandate.
In his legal brief, Brnovich points out that Biden is “not a king” and the vaccine mandate is “one of the greatest infringements upon individual liberties, principles of federalism, and separation of powers ever attempted by an American President.”
More than half of the governors or state attorney generals have come out in opposition to President Biden’s announcement that he was issuing federal vaccine mandates. Despite earlier promises to the contrary, the Biden administration intends to issue the most sweeping federal mandates in U.S. history.
Twenty-seven states that have gone on the record in opposition to the federal vaccine mandates.