substitute for

SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 83

A resolution to condemn President Joe Biden's authoritarian decision to impose vaccine requirements on private employers and urge the Governor and Attorney General of Michigan to pursue all available avenues to challenge the unlawful mandate.

Whereas, On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced his administration's plan to impose strict COVID-19 vaccine requirements on private businesses. Effective January 4, 2022, employers with over 100 employees will be required to ensure employees are vaccinated or impose burdensome weekly testing regimens. President Biden has also mandated vaccines for health care workers, federal contractors, and the majority of federal workers; and

Whereas, These requirements are an egregious overreach by President Biden infringing on Americans' civil liberties. Health care decisions, including whether or not to get vaccinated, are deeply personal and should not be subject to intrusive and autocratic edicts from the government; and

Whereas, The vaccine requirement will impact two-thirds of the nation's private sector workforce. Imposing sanctions, such as lost employment, on the most economically vulnerable is unnecessarily cruel; and

Whereas, Extreme central planning and federal overreach will exacerbate supply chain shortages; interrupt manufacturing production; risk destabilizing our critical water, sewer, and energy infrastructure; put additional life-threatening pressure on our health care industry; further challenge and cause growing gaps in our education system; and cause additional labor shortages across all industries; and

Whereas, The mandate will exacerbate the hiring challenges that many businesses are already facing. Employers are already experiencing significant resource and workforce shortages that will only be made worse by adding additional requirements that limit the number of workers available; and

Whereas, President Biden's dictate is not grounded in science and does not address the significant COVID-19 protections acquired by natural immunity. Any policy ignoring science in favor of oppressive mandates reveals the true purpose of that policy is control rather than public health. This directive serves no public health purpose and will result in resistance, not compliance; and

Whereas, To date, at least 27 states have filed legal challenges or expressly stated an intention to push back against President Biden’s reckless government overreach. Resistance to the federal mandate by state leaders has been bipartisan, as three states with Democratic governors – Kansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana – have joined the lawsuits. However, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel have thus far acquiesced to President Biden’s intrusion upon our state’s sovereignty and policymaking process; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That we condemn President Biden's authoritarian decision to impose vaccine requirements on private employers; and be it further

Resolved, That we call upon Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel to join those leaders who have filed suit to protect the interests of their states and their citizens and pursue all available avenues to challenge President Biden's unlawful mandate; and

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, the Governor, and the Attorney General.