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House Freedom Caucus Takes Shot at Biden’s ‘Tyrannical’ Vaccine Mandate

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Washington, DC, November 16, 2021 | comments

The Daily Signal
By Mary Margaret Olohan
November 16, 2021


Ahead of the early January deadline for President Joe Biden’s vaccination mandate, members of the House Freedom Caucus gathered in Washington to discuss that mandate, which members called “tyrannical,” and to hear testimony from Americans who could lose their jobs as a result of it.

Biden authorized the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Sept. 9 to create a rule that requires businesses with more than 100 employees to mandate that their workers either get the COVID-19 vaccine or be tested weekly. This month, OSHA announced that those companies must ensure that their employees are vaccinated or are getting weekly testing by Jan. 4.

“I think everyone in this room acknowledges the fact that vaccine mandates are wrong,” said Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., during remarks Monday afternoon. “But when you go beyond that and you provide no exemptions for vaccine mandates, that’s insane.”

Hice said the Biden administration is mixing “bad policy with medicine,” resulting in a “toxic outcome to our health care system, as well as our economic well-being.”

Some members of the House caucus, which comprises nearly four dozen conservative Republican lawmakers, highlighted that religious exemptions are not being honored, citing concerns about the use of aborted fetal cell lines in the vaccines or how the vaccines affect fertility.

The lawmakers also repeatedly pointed out that Biden had promised he would not impose a vaccine mandate.

“No, I don’t think it should be mandatory,” Biden said of the vaccine in December. “I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory, but I will do everything in my power (just like I don’t think masks have to be mandatory nationwide), I will do everything in my power as president of the United States to encourage people to do the right thing, and when they do it, demonstrate that it matters.”

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