U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) has cosponsored legislation which would derail President Joe Biden’s vaccine decree by barring the federal government from requiring employers to mandate vaccination for, as well as the testing of, employees.
The bill, introduced by Brooks’ fellow House Freedom Caucus colleague Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), states that the overview of the legislation is “to nullify certain executive orders regarding COVID-19 vaccine mandates and to prohibit the Secretary of Labor from issuing a rule mandating vaccination against COVID-19, and for other purposes.”
The North Alabama congressman contends that Biden lacks the constitutional authority granted to him as president to issue such an edict.
“Joe Biden claims the U.S. Constitution empowers a president to mandate vaccines,” said Brooks. “He is wrong. Under the Constitution, states, not the federal government have that power. I challenge anyone to identify a provision in the U.S. Constitution that unambiguously gives Joe Biden or the federal government the authority he arrogantly claims.”
Brooks believes the decision whether or not to receive a vaccine should be left to the individual rather than a government mandate.
“Liberty and freedom have combined to help make America the greatest nation in world history,” added Brooks. “The decision to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is a deeply personal one. Americans must weigh the risks and rewards for themselves. That is the essence of liberty and freedom.”
Brooks went on to deem the president’s actions to be “dictatorial” and vowed to protect citizens’ rights from “government oppression.”
He concluded, “For Joe Biden to insert himself into Americans’ healthcare choices is arrogant, dictatorial, despicable and dangerous. I will protect liberty and freedom from dictatorial government oppression with every fiber of my being and every tool at my disposal.”
According to the Daily Caller, the bill would bar the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from withholding funds from Medicare or Medicaid to health care providers that have opted not to require COVID-19 vaccination or testing.
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL