Washington, D.C.— Congressman Jeff Duncan recently issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to block President Biden’s vaccine mandate on large workplaces and allow the mandate for healthcare workers at federally-funded facilities:
“I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to block Biden’s authoritarian vaccine mandate on large workplaces but condemn its move to continue to allow the COVID vaccine mandate on those in healthcare,” said Congressman Jeff Duncan. “To the employees spared from this medical tyranny, I rejoice with you, but to the healthcare professionals still affected by this mandate, we will continue to fight for your individual liberty and medical rights.”
“Let it sink in that the Biden Administration is forcing a shot on an estimated 20 million healthcare professionals nationwide, many of whom already had COVID-19 and are immune,” said Congressman Jeff Duncan. “With a nationwide staff shortage in healthcare due to employees being fired for not complying with the vaccine mandate, I fear this will cost lives instead of saving them due to understaffed medical facilities. It is evident the Biden Administration has not considered the practicality, efficacy, and morality of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities, and it is heartbreaking the Supreme Court did not side with the medical freedom of healthcare workers.”
“Americans should never be forced to choose between receiving a government-mandated shot or losing their livelihood,” said Congressman Jeff Duncan. “The healthcare heroes who served on the frontlines during the height of COVID-19 are now being told to get the jab or lose their job instead of being thanked. This is un-American, anti-science, and blatantly unconstitutional. In a free country, medical tyranny cannot stand, and the fight is far from over. I have led the way in Congress to protect healthcare professionals from Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate through a resolution under the Congressional Review Act with the support of over 160 colleagues and a Senate companion led my Sen. Roger Marshall to prevent the Executive branch from overstepping authority and enforcing his mandate on those in healthcare.”
Background: The Congressional Review Act process is the legal process whereby Congress can overturn an Administration regulation once it has been properly noticed. “Proper notice” occurs once a regulation is printed in the Federal Register and received by the Clerks of the House and Senate. The CMS vaccine mandate regulation was printed in the Federal Register on November 5, 2021. It was noted as received by the Senate Clerk on December 1, 2021, and by the House Clerk on December 9, 2021. Now that all three of those notices have been received, a CRA receives privilege in the House if the Minority Leader brings it up as a “privileged resolution,” which means the House must bring the legislation to the floor for a vote.
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