GOP Senators Introduce Bills Banning Mask And Vaccine Mandates

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Sens. Ted Cruz (Republican-Texas) & Kevin Cramer, Republican-N.D., on Monday presented longshot bills that would ban mask and vaccine mandates. This is the national component to a GOP push at statehouses across the country by GOP members to stop the return of pandemic restrictions despite an increase in coronavirus cases.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will vote on the Senate Floor on June 8.


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Key facts

One bill would repeal the executive order signed on President Joe Biden’s first day in office. It requires compliance with the Centers for Disease Control guidance on mask-wearing while on federal property as well as the CDC mandate for masks for public transit.

The bill would also limit federal funds used to “develop, execute or otherwise enforce federal mask mandates,” effectively ensuring no new mask mandates are possible.

The other bill would prohibit the mandating of any vaccine that was initially authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use – even if it later got full approval. This applies to all three coronavirus vaccinations approved in the U.S .

That bill would also require parents to sign off before vaccines can be administered to anyone under 18 years old, curbing the ability of schools to mandate vaccines.

Both bills will face difficult odds in a Congress headed by Democrats. However, some Republicans may oppose them such as Sen. Bill Cassidy (R.La). According to a Sunday statement by, he opposed Florida Governor. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates, arguing that “local officials should control .”

Key Background

Last month, the CDC issued new guidance recommending that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear masks to socially isolate themselves from crowded indoor spaces. This prompted states, localities and businesses to reimpose mask requirements. Local officials and some businesses have also started imposing vaccine-or test mandates on government health workers and frontline staff.

Tangent

Republican governors such as DeSantis or Texas Governor. Greg Abbott has signed orders to ban vaccine mandates and masks. However, some cities in both states have defied the orders and have mandated masks anyway. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson stated Sunday that it was an “error” for him to sign in April a bill banning mask mandates. This has since been blocked and blocked by a local Judge.

Crucial quote

” My view on vaccines can be described as simple. The vaccine was the best choice for me. Cruz stated that he believes in individual freedom, but he also believes in the vaccine.

Chief Critic

“If your refusal to follow public health guidelines and you don’t wish to use your position as leaders, elected officials then you should get out the way,” Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, said Friday about governors who have prohibited vaccine mandates or masks. This was part of a continuing campaign of criticism of those officials.

What to Watch for

The FDA hopes to approve the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine in September. This, according to public health experts and top officials, could lead to a flood of vaccine mandates. “That, I believe, will make an impact in terms of what can be done,” Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker, said Friday about a possible mandate for vaccines for members of Congress as well as their aides.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2021/08/10/gop-senators-introduce-bills-banning-mask-and-vaccine-mandates/, Forbes
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