As Americans are divided whether they want a new normal or the old normal with a little more germ consciousness, House Republicans are taking a stand to make sure a Nazi Germany look-alike doesn’t take over our police force.
A bill being put forward by GOP members is being called a “No Vaccine Passport Act” and would ensure that Americans are never asked for their “papers” in order to move about the country freely.
According to a report in The Daily Wire, the Republicans who believe vaccine passports proving an inoculation are unconstitutional, have banded together to ban the federal government from demanding documentation.
*Note: It is as yet unclear whether this ban applies only to federal buildings or if they are banning use of the passports on private property as well
“I am profoundly disturbed that the Biden Administration would even consider imposing vaccine passports on the American people,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said in a statement Thursday.
“My private healthcare decisions—and yours—are nobody else’s business. Vaccine passports will not help our nation recover from COVID-19; instead, they will simply impose more Big Brother surveillance on our society.”
According to the Daily Wire, there are states that are beginning to mandate the passports, but others, such as Florida, are not.
“I especially applaud Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for being an early leader against vaccine passports at the state level. My No Vaccine Passports Act builds on his efforts and will further protect Americans’ privacy rights and fundamental freedoms,” Biggs said.
According to the report, the “No Vaccine Passport Act” would “prevent federal agencies from issuing any standardized documentation that could be used to certify a U.S. citizen’s COVID-19 status to a third party, such as a restaurant or an airline. Additionally, this bill prohibits proof of COVID-19 vaccination from being a requirement for access to federal or congressional property and services.”
The bill has 18 Republican sponsors, including Reps. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Greg Steube of Florida, Warren Davidson of Ohio, Ben Cline of Virginia, Yvette Herrell of New Mexico, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Russ Fulcher of Idaho, Chip Roy of Texas, Mary Miller of Illinois, Bill Posey of Florida, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Ted Budd of North Carolina, Randy Weber of Texas, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, and Jody Hice of Georgia, according to the Daily Wire.
“An agency may not issue a vaccine passport, vaccine pass or other standardized documentation for the purpose of certifying the COVID-19 vaccination status of a citizen of the United States to a third party, or otherwise publish or share any COVID-19 vaccination record of a citizen of the United States or similar health information,” reads one of the provisions of the proposed bill.
“Proof of COVID-19 vaccination shall not be deemed a requirement for access to Federal property or Federal services, or for access to congressional grounds or services.”
While the bill bans the federal government from mandating the passports, states are able to make their own decisions on the subject.
As of last week, Idaho was the fourth state to ban requiring proof of vaccination before residents are able to obtain public services or goods, thanks to an executive order signed by Republican Governor Brad Little.
“Idahoans should be given the choice to receive the vaccine. We should not violate Idahoans’ personal freedoms by requiring them to receive it,” Little said in a statement.
“Vaccine passports create different classes of citizens. Vaccine passports restrict the free flow of commerce during a time when life and the economy are returning to normal. Vaccine passports threaten individual freedom and patient privacy.”