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E&C Republicans Lead Resolution to Stop Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers


12.09.21

Washington D.C. – Republican members of the Energy and Commerce Committee released the following statements about Congressman Jeff Duncan’s (R-SC) resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that will halt President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for Medicare and Medicaid providers.

“In September, more than half a million health care and social assistance workers left their jobs. We’ve heard from providers from across the country who told us that workforce shortages, burnout, turnover, and recruitment challenges are deeply hurting patient care. President Biden’s vaccine mandate will make these problems worse,” said E&C Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Health Subcommittee Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (R-KY). “To protect patient care and people’s jobs, every Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee is leading to stop President Biden’s vaccine mandate on our health care workers. They’ve served as our frontline heroes during this pandemic. They deserve our gratitude —not mandates that force them to make a choice to comply with the government or lose their livelihoods altogether.”

 “We are concerned that if the Biden Administration moves forward with their vaccine mandate for medical personnel, the resulting staff shortages could actually cost lives instead of saving them,” said Rep. Jeff Duncan. “I initially brought up this concern in September in a letter to President Biden, but it is evident the Biden Administration has not considered the practicality, efficacy, and morality of a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities.” 

“As I traveled across my district this year, I heard from health care professionals in numerous hospitals about their concerns with being short-staffed. The federal vaccine mandate has only exacerbated these labor shortages within hospitals, let alone the rest of the national workforce,” said Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH). “Over the last year and a half, our healthcare workers were praised as heroes, but now, they are being labeled as villains. We must continue to support our healthcare workers, not enforce mandates that would get between doctors and their patients.  I have continually encouraged my constituents to speak with their doctors as they decide what is best for themselves and their families; however, Biden’s top-down approach of vaccine mandates is an immense government overreach.” 

“Health care workers have borne a great deal during the coronavirus pandemic. The Biden Administration’s decision to impose vaccine mandates places even more upon their shoulders,” said Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) “This imposition by the Federal Government adds to the challenges already faced by health care providers, especially in rural areas, and will undermine recruitment and retention of workers. This misguided and overreaching mandate should not be allowed to stand.” 

“This vaccine mandate for healthcare workers is one of the most egregious government overreaches we’ve ever seen. It is unconscionable that an agency of unelected bureaucrats would force our frontline workers to choose between their jobs and either a vaccine or a burdensome and complicated testing regimen,” said Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL). “Fortunately, Congress can counter this kind of misuse of agency authority with a Congressional Review Act resolution. President Biden’s unconstitutional mandate must be stopped.” 

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have received thousands of messages from constituents fearing potential infringements on their personal rights due to government-imposed mandates. I’ve also heard from health care workers across my district who are being forced to choose between their job and a vaccine,” said Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ). “I’m proud to stand with my House Energy and Commerce Committee colleagues against this government overreach and exercise our Congressional authority to review actions taken by federal agencies.” 

“Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate is not only flagrantly unconstitutional, it presents a direct threat to our health care system,” said Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX). “Providers are terrified that they’ll have to either follow Biden’s dictates or lose their jobs, and this is exacerbating provider shortages across the country. This puts patient care at risk and it’s why we’re standing up against this administration’s unconstitutional mandate on America’s health care workers.” 

Note: Energy and Commerce Republicans introduced this resolution today with every member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) introduced a companion resolution in the Senate. 

CLICK HERE to read the resolution. 

CLICK HERE to read how vaccine mandates are hurting patient care. 

CLICK HERE to read more from Fox News: Biden’s CMS vaccine mandate faces strong opposition from over 150 Republicans.

On November 5, 2021, Leader Rodgers was on Fox Business and said President Biden should be building trust—not resentment—by encouraging people to talk to their doctors about vaccines. 

“We are going to fight this because individuals should not have to choose between complying with a government mandate or losing their livelihood.”   

“Instead of this, we should be educating. We should be encouraging individuals to talk to their doctor. That’s the way that we build trust. [The president’s] approach only builds resentment.” 

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