senate resolution no.101

Senator Theis offered the following resolution:

A resolution to condemn President Biden's authoritarian Head Start Vaccine and Mask Mandate and call upon Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel to take action against this egregious federal overreach.

Whereas, After initially rejecting vaccine mandates, President Joe Biden declared that his "patience" with unvaccinated Americans was "wearing thin" as he announced a number of mandates, including for Head Start programs. The Head Start Mandate requires all Head Start staff, volunteers, and contractors to be vaccinated and all individuals two years or older to wear masks; and

Whereas, The Head Start Mandate is a blatant overreach of executive authority. The Founding Fathers gave Congress the power to make laws, not the executive branch. Allowing the President to enact law by decree on a whim or when they "lose patience" with Americans would fundamentally alter our system of government; and

Whereas, The Head Start Mandate infringes on the rights of states protected by the United States Constitution. Under the Tenth Amendment, states retain all powers that are not granted to the federal government. Allowing the Head Start Mandate to take effect would radically alter the relationship between states and the federal government; and

Whereas, The Head Start Mandate serves no public health purpose and will result in resistance, not compliance. The continued use of oppressive policies, such as mandates, in the face of another COVID-19 variant and the third year of the Pandemic reveals that the policy's true purpose is control rather than public health. Such policies are particularly alarming and destructive when directed at our nation's young children; and

Whereas, Despite the Head Start Mandate's dubious legality, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel have continued to acquiesce to the Biden Administrationís intrusion upon our stateís sovereign lawmaking authority and refused to stand up for the rule of law. To date, two federal courts have enjoined enforcement of the Head Start Mandate, effectively prohibiting its enforcement in the twenty-five states that challenged the mandate. As a result, federal mandates that are not currently effective only a few miles away in the State of Ohio continue to be imposed upon Michiganders; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That we condemn President Biden's authoritarian Head Start Vaccine and Mask Mandate; 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 citizens and pursue all available avenues to stop enforcement of President Biden's unlawful Head Start Mandate and all other recent instances of egregious federal overreach; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, the Director of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Governor, and the Attorney General.