On Tuesday, Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Kevin Cramer introduced bills that would ban mask and vaccine mandates.
In a press release, Sen. Cruz said that “To protect the rights and privacy of Americans, I’ve introduced legislation that would prohibit federal COVID mandates. This means no mask mandates, no vaccine mandates, and no vaccine passports.”
He went on to mention that his legislation “also provides civil rights protections for employees from their employers, to stop discrimination based on vaccination status.” He said he believes “The American people must have the freedom to exercise personal choice when it comes to protecting their health and the health of their families.”
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Along with this, Sen. Cramer also released a statement. He said: “When it comes to handling COVID-19, Americans are self-governed people who have more than enough information available to them on how to talk to their doctor and figure out what is best for themselves and their families.”
He added that the current administration’s efforts, along with its allies, of bullying people into wearing masks and getting vaccines only succeeds in “infringing upon the rights of the American people. Our legislation would protect Americans by preventing the federal government from allowing itself to make these important decisions on its behalf.”
The bill would prohibit mask mandates on public areas. It would also stop funding the enforcement of mask mandates. Additionally, it would prohibit future mask mandates that the Biden administration might put in place.
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When it comes to vaccines, the bill would prohibit the mandating of “someone to receive any COVID-19 vaccine originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) without first obtaining the patient’s informed consent.”
The bill also intends to protect the rights of a child’s parents or guardians by requiring parental consent for a minor to get the COVID vaccine.
The press release said, “Under this bill, schools cannot give underage students a vaccine without first getting legal guardians’ permission.”