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Fighting COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

Vaccines have historically proven to be vital to the public health goal of disease prevention. We had record vaccine development, thanks to American medical ingenuity and Operation Warp Speed. However, a one-size-fits-all federal mandate on vaccines and private business practices is not a reasonable solution now--or ever. Medical decisions are best left to patients and their doctors. I will continue to fight to ensure the federal government stays within its authorities entrusted to it by the Constitution.

Below is a list of the efforts I have made to fight against federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates

  • During the consideration of a continuing resolution (CR) to provide short-term government funding through March 11, 2022, I voted in support of two separate amendments that would have prohibited federal funds from going toward the enforcement of COVID-19 mandates.
    • One amendment would have prohibited funding for the federal employee vaccine mandate, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate and the U.S. Department of Defense vaccine mandate.
    • The other amendment would have prohibited funding for schools and early childhood development facilities that enforce COVID-19 vaccine mandates on children. Unfortunately, these amendments were not included in the final version of the CR.
  • Co-sponsored S. 2879, the Stop Vaccine Mandates Act, which would rescind the two executive orders that implement vaccination requirements for federal workers and federal contractors;
  • Joined a bicameral member amicus brief to the Supreme Court opposing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration vaccine mandate rule;
  • Signed a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture expressing concerns with the federal worker mandate and its impact on the workforce, especially with regard to the next fire season;
  • Signed a letter expressing concerns with the vaccine mandate for essential workers at the U.S.-Canada border, which includes truck drivers;
  • Co-sponsored S. 3402, the Protecting Guides and Outfitters from Coronavirus Vaccine Mandates in the Great Outdoors Act, which ensures outfitters and guides are not required to be vaccinated under the Administration’s rule relating to federal contractors;
  • Co-sponsored S. 3412, the Preventing Mandates on Toddlers Act, which would prohibit the use of federal funds from enforcing a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) interim final rule (IFR) that establishes vaccine and mask requirements for Head Start facilities;
  • Signed a letter asking the Biden Administration to overturn the IFR mandating vaccine and masks at Head Start facilities;
  • Co-sponsored a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to nullify the HHS IFR that establishes vaccine and mask requirements for Head Start Facilities;
  • Co-sponsored a CRA resolution to nullify the federal travel mask mandate
  • Signed a letter to the DOD raising concerns about COVID vaccine military discharges; and
  • Co-sponsored S. 4172, the Allowing Military Exemptions, Recognizing Individual Concerns About New Shots (AMERICANS) Act, which counters the Biden Administration's efforts to coerce and punish servicemembers who decline the COVID-19 vaccine.