senate resolution no.83

Senator Theis offered the following resolution:

A resolution to condemn President Joe Biden's authoritarian decision to impose vaccine requirements on private employers.

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

Whereas, These requirements are an egregious overreach by the President 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, Imposing vaccine requirements will disproportionately impact low-income Americans. People in households with an annual income of less than $25,000 make up the largest share of unvaccinated Americans. Imposing sanctions, such as lost employment, on the most economically vulnerable is unnecessarily cruel; and

Whereas, The President's exemption for U.S. postal workers from vaccine requirements highlights the political calculations behind the policy. Exempting these federal employees while imposing vaccines and onerous testing requirements on private sector employees undermines the assertion that the policy is about defeating COVID-19; 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; now, therefore, be it

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

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States.