(Washington, D.C., September 30, 2021) – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall has offered an amendment to the government spending package – one of just three amendments accepted thus far – to prohibit funding for implementing or enforcing the Biden Administration’s COVID vaccine mandate on private companies. The amendment comes on the heels of Democrats working to codify fines up to $700,000 on businesses that have unvaccinated employees as a way to pay for their multi trillion dollar tax and spend bill. Senator Marshall is scheduled to speak on his amendment on the Senate Floor today at approximately 11:00am CT/12:00pm ET.
“As a physician who is confident the vaccine has saved lives, whether to receive the vaccine is a personal choice between individuals and their doctor – not mandated by decree via an unconstitutional executive action that even the President himself and members of his administration acknowledged they did not have the authority to put in place mere weeks ago,” said Senator Marshall. “Simply put, we must not allow the Administration’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate on private companies to go forward.”
Senator Marshall has been leading the fight in the U.S. Senate to halt President Biden’s vaccine mandate and to get the Administration to recognize the importance natural immunity.
- In opposition to Biden’s vaccine mandate, Senator Marshall joined his colleagues in demanding a Congressional Review of President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate on private employees before it goes into effect and oppose this unlawful, unnecessary federal command.
- Senator Marshall joined his colleagues to introduce the Prevent Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates for Interstate Commerce Act. As the Biden Administration is working to enforce vaccine mandates for businesses merely seeking to engage in interstate commerce, the legislation would protect the privacy of Americans’ personal health information and prohibit the Department of Transportation and other federal agencies from requiring proof of vaccination or the use of a vaccine passport for such activities.
- Senator Marshall introduced the COVID-19 Vaccine Dishonorable Discharge Prevention Actto prohibit the Department of Defense (DOD) from giving servicemembers a dishonorable discharge for choosing not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Senator Marshall led a letter with 14 other health care providers in Congress to the CDC urging the agency to acknowledge natural immunity from COVID-19. The letter also urges the CDC to work with other federal agencies to ensure all future policies and federally-funded research take into account natural immunity.
In New York, thousands of individuals who just last year were health care heroes are being laid off or suspended resulting in staffing shortages throughout their hospital system.
As many as 10,000 teachers, cafeteria workers, and school police officers will be out of work when New York City’s vaccine mandate for school staff goes into effect this week.
From Forbes: Fines on private employers who employ more than 100 employees, “could run as high as $70,000 for serious infractions, and $700,000 for willful or repeated violations—almost three-quarters of a million dollars for each fine. If enacted into law, vax enforcement could bankrupt non-compliant companies even more quickly than the $14,000 OSHA fine anticipated under Biden’s announced mandate.”
Administration Flip Flops on COVID Vaccine Mandates:
In December, 2020, President Biden said, “I don’t think it should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory”
In July, 2021, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said a vaccine mandate is “not the role of the federal government”
In August, 2021, President Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “There’s no secret that I feel that we should not have central [vaccine] mandates from the federal government.”
In July, 2021 Dr. Fauci said, “I don’t see it [vaccine mandate] on a national level merely because of all the situations you have upon encroaching upon a person’s freedom to make their own choice of their own health.”