Currently planned to be brought out this Thursday, a Republican lawmaker has stated plans to bring forth a bill that seeks to ban private businesses from starting to mandate the need for proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for its employees. The lawmaker states that any such requirements are “an inherent violation of civil liberties.”
If the bill makes it through and is approved, it would also reach out to ban the federal government from being able to mandate “vaccine passports” and go on to limit states from doing so.
“They’re not really providing a rational basis for discriminatory activity – they’re busy separating healthy people from other healthy people on the presumption that people without a vaccine are not healthy,” Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) stated as part of an interview with Fox News. “It’s a violation of civil liberties.”
The upcoming bill, which has already been named the Vaccine Passport Prevention Act, would “bar the federal government from issuing any form of vaccine passport; ban states from doing the same as a condition of receiving federal funds; and bar businesses connected to interstate commerce from requiring ‘any patron or customer to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination, or post-transmission recovery, as a condition’ of service.”
“They were making the same arguments on civil rights in the ‘60s when they said, well, I don’t have to let anyone stop at my gas station or my hotel or my restaurant, or ride where they choose on the bus – it’s my bus,” Davidson stated in his talks with Fox News. “And we said, ‘No, you have to have some reasonable public accommodation.’”
“The idea that people can’t restore our way of life and reconnect with civil society unless they get a vaccine is an inherent violation of civil liberties,” he continued.
This new bill, which would also allow individuals to seek legal action against any business that seeks to force a vaccine on its employees, stretches even further than another legislation which was brought out by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), that would seek to ban, solely, the federal government from mandating vaccine passports.
Pete Buttigieg, the current Transportation Secretary, has been encouraging businesses to force the vaccine on their employees.
“If a company, a business wants to take steps to keep their workers and their passengers safe, I would think that, from a government perspective, we want to do everything we can to encourage that,” stated Buttigieg on KDFW-TV this past Monday. “And that’s certainly our view at the federal level.”
Currently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued statements that say that businesses are currently allowed to require that their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 without violating federal law.