House Democrats Defeat Efforts to Stop Vaccine Passports for Interstate Travel
Washington D.C. – Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have defeated two recent attempts to stop vaccine requirements from being imposed on interstate travelers.
Last week, Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) and Judiciary Committees dismissed Republican-backed amendments to the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill which would have defunded any attempt by President Joe Biden to impose a requirement that interstate travelers must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
The amendments were offered during the Committees’ markup on Democrats’ unprecedented social spending package.
“No funds made available under this Act may be used to impose or support vaccine passport requirements for verification of vaccine status as a condition to travel freely in the United States on any public or private transportation, including commercial air, rail, bus, watercraft, or other public or private form of conveyance subject to regulation under the authority of the Federal Government,” stated the amendment offered by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) during the T&I Committee debate.
A total of 36 Democrats on the T&I Committee voted down the proposed amendment while 29 Republicans voted in favor.
The White House has acknowledged it is currently considering a vaccine mandate requirement for interstate travel.
In fact, there is a growing sense on Capitol Hill President Biden will soon issue such a mandate, particularly for air and rail passengers.
The White House’s Coronavirus Task Force (CTF), including Dr. Anthony Fauci, recently expressed support for new vaccine mandates for interstate travelers.
Meanwhile, trucking groups are forcefully speaking out against President Biden’s newly announced vaccine mandates for private businesses.
The latest group to warn of the consequences to America’s supply chain of such mandates is the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA).
In a statement, TCA said the mandates could lead to a “massive driver exodus.”
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