President Joe Biden’s administration is set to push for enforcing an unconstitutional vaccine mandate for people traveling between states within the U.S., according to reports coming out of Capitol Hill.
Republican Congress members are trying to prevent the upcoming expected rule from being enforced by introducing a bill that would block the executive order.
On Wednesday, Sen Rick Scott (R-Fla.), along with Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), introduced the said legislation during his speech from the Senate floor. If passed, it would stop the current administration from enforcing the vaccine passport requirement for traveling across states, according to a report by the Epoch Times.
The proposal, dubbed as the “Prevent Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates for Interstate Commerce Act” would bar federal agencies connected to interstate travel and commerce, from requiring people to show their proof of vaccination.
With this, Scott noted that the federal government doesn’t have business in mandating COVID-19 shots among people and businesses.
He then noted that the Supreme Court already ruled that no one can force others to buy insurance based on the commerce clause. He then followed up by asking why Biden thinks he could do the same thing in requiring the COVID-19 jab.
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Scott then mentioned that travel is crucial if the county wants to be fully reopened. The senator then noted how people in the transportation and shipping industry play a critical role in moving and delivering items that keep the U.S. economy afloat.
In recent weeks, several signs have made it evident that the current administration would issue a vaccine requirement for interstate travel, no matter how blatantly unconstitutional this is.
For one, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who usually primes the American public for such measures, mentioned that he supported vaccine mandates for traveling between states.
According to NPR, Fauci claimed that the Biden administration has not implemented such a mandate for travel “yet,” but he mentioned that they are considering it.
Apart from Fauci, Dr. Zeke Emanuel and Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood aired their support for such a policy.
Nevertheless, such a measure violates the U.S. Constitution as putting a heavy burden on interstate travel goes against “freedom of travel,” which federal courts in the country recognize.
Apart from impeding the freedom of U.S. residents to travel, vaccine passports are also known to be a burden that many minorities and underprivileged people in the country would have to face. With this, the World Health Organization itself has suggested not implementing any type of vaccine passports.
Just within the United States, disparities exist among the country’s demographical subgroups in the willingness of people to get the jab. According to CDC data, as of Sept. 21, 60% of those vaccinated whose race were known had been white. Meanwhile, only 10% were black, 17% belong to the Hispanic subgroup, and 6% were of Asia descent.
To add to this, 12 states in the country have banned the vaccine requirements. These include Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.
Hospitalizations in Florida are down -69% in the past 6 weeks without any change in statewide policy, no new mask mandate, open schools & no vaccine passports
Amazing how the decline is always ignored unless the media can attribute it to policy interventions they want to promote pic.twitter.com/uGHnmOVcgo
— IM (@ianmSC) October 1, 2021
Nevertheless, Biden’s administration has started implementing travel rules for travelers coming from other countries and for U.S. residents on domestic flights. These restrictions are inching towards becoming full-fledged vaccine mandate rules.
Set to start implementation in November, the current administration will start mandating for adult travelers to show their proof of getting their COVID-19 jab as well as a negative COVID-19 test that they took 3 days prior to boarding flights into the country. Given this stifling policy, exemptions for this rule are only limited and it will go in tandem with CDC’s contract-tracing mandate and mask requirements.
To add to the absurdity, those pushing for vaccine mandates have missed the part that these shorts have turned into a major reason for the spread of the Delta Variant, with state-level data showing that milder cases of COVID-19 have been increasing among the vaccinated. According to Roll Call, this will just continue to go up.
Given these reasons, it is clear that the Biden administration’s forthcoming vaccine requirements are not only unconstitutional but are also ineffective and disruptive to the people’s way of life.