Senator Lankford introduces legislation to repeal President Biden’s vaccine mandates on federal workers


WASHINGTON (KFOR) – U.S. Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma has introduced legislation to end President Joe Biden’s vaccination mandates on federal employees and contractors.

Lankford tabled the Stop Vaccine Mandates Act on Tuesday.

“President Biden’s executive order has exceeded his powers excessively. Every American should be able to make the decisions that are best for them and their families. My family has made the choice to get the vaccine and I encourage every Oklahoman to get the shot. But no American should be forced to get vaccinated. The Stop Vaccine Mandates Act repeals Biden’s executive orders – no American should have to choose between their conscience, their health, and their job.

Biden on September 9 announced broad vaccination mandates for much of the national workforce as part of his six-pronged plan to tackle the rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant across the country.

Biden’s plan requires companies with more than 100 employees to mandate COVID vaccines or regular testing.

The plan also states that health care and education workers who receive federal funds, as well as federal employees and contractors, must be vaccinated.

Biden predicts the plan will impact around 80 million Americans.

“It’s not about freedom or personal choice. It’s about protecting yourself and those around you, ”Biden said.

The plan is also ramping up production of face masks and COVID-19 tests, improving COVID patient care, and encouraging states to require vaccines for employees.

FILE – Senator James Lankford, R-Okla., Arrives for a hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Washington. Lankford, whose number of votes in the Senate aligns with former President Donald Trump’s position almost 90% of the time, finds himself violently attacked by a challenger from his own party. Similar scenes are unfolding in other Red States where far-right challengers are exploiting Republicans’ anger over Trump’s election defeat and coronavirus lockdowns. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

Lankford previously sent a letter to President Biden outlining his concerns.

A press release from the Lankford office said the senator “will support efforts to disapprove any rule requiring vaccines on private companies and their employees and also introduced the COVID-19 Vaccine Dishonor Discharge Prevent Act to prohibit the Department from Defense of giving the military a dishonorable discharge for choosing not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. “

Several Republican governors have threatened legal action against Biden’s tenure. The president simply replied, “Wait a minute.”

According to a Nexstar article, several Biden legal experts appear to have solid legal ground to issue the directive in the name of protecting employee safety.

“My bet is that as far as this statutory authority goes, they are on a pretty solid footing given the evidence strongly suggesting … the degree of risk that (unvaccinated individuals) pose, not only to themselves but also to themselves. the rest, ”the University of Connecticut said. professor of law Sachin Pandya.

“It is clearly constitutional for President Biden to impose a mass mandate on employers, employing more than 100 people,” says Stewart Harris, professor of constitutional law at Lincoln Memorial University, citing the Commerce Power of article one of the Constitution of the United States. “It gives Congress the power to regulate companies that have a significant effect on interstate commerce, which of course any company of this size likely would. “

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