President Joe Biden rolled out new mandates for more than 100 million federal workers and contractors through executive orders ordering that they must be vaccinated or tested weekly.
The new “requirements” (Biden never used the word mandate) will surely be tested in courts since many legal scholars suggest it is a clear overreach of the federal government.
“This is not about freedom, or personal choice,” Biden said in a speech at the White House. “It’s about protecting yourself and those around you — the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love… We cannot allow these actions to stand in the way of protecting the large majority of Americans who have done their part, who want to get back to life as normal,” Biden said.
The blow back from Republicans was almost immediate.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted after the speech that the requirement “completely ignores the science and is an attack on Americans’ right to privacy. The feds have NO AUTHORITY to force employers make their employees get vaccinated,” Cruz wrote.
“This is not a power that is delegated to the federal government. This is a power for states to decide. In South Dakota, we’re going to be free and we’re going to make sure that we don’t overstep our authority. So we will take action. My legal team is already working, and we will defend and protect our people from this unlawful mandate” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told Sean Hannity.
Biden appear to fire a shot across the bow of GOP governors including Ron DeSantis when he stated, that if Republican governors who have opposed vaccine and mask mandates “won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my powers as president to get them out of the way.”
A DeSantis spokesperson tweeted, Biden’s “not about freedom” remark was possibly “the most disturbing thing I’ve ever heard a politician say, and I worked in Eastern European politics for years.”
Look for democrats to label GOP lawmakers as anti-vaxxers, when the truth is they are fighting for state rights and see the mandates as an unconstitutional move by the executive branch.