Sen. Marsha Blackburn Calls on U.S. to ‘Ban Vaccine Mandates’

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) speaks during a hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee December 10, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on “Encryption and Lawful Access: Evaluating Benefits and Risks to Public Safety and Privacy.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Monday called on the U.S. to “ban vaccine mandates,” days after President Joe Biden outlined his intention to require certain members of the private sector to be vaccinated for the Chinese coronavirus.

“Ban vaccine mandates,” Blackburn said, later adding that vaccine mandates “have no place in the U.S.”:

Her remarks follow President Biden’s divisive coronavirus speech last week, in which he scolded unvaccinated Americans while announcing sweeping mandates applying to federal workers, federal contractors, certain healthcare employees, some members of the private sector.

“Tonight, I’m announcing that the Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule to require all employers with 100 or more employees, that together employ over 80 million workers, to ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week,” he said, triggering mass backlash. Republicans across the nation hit back, including Blackburn, who concluded that Biden is “sounding more like a dictator every day.”

A person holds up a protest sign as people gather at City Hall to protest vaccine mandates on August 09, 2021 in New York City. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that as of August 16th proof of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination will be required to attend indoor restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues with enforcement of the mandate to begin on September 13th. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced a vaccination mandate for state employees and patient-facing health care workers at state hospitals with an option to get weekly testing. According to CDC data, NYC is now considered a "high" or "substantial" COVID transmission area, after an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) infections. The Delta variant now accounts for over 80% of all positive cases in NYC. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

A person holds up a protest sign as people gather at City Hall to protest vaccine mandates on August 09, 2021 in New York City. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Since his announcement, some, such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), have kicked opposition into high gear. On Monday, the Sunshine State governor held a press conference flanked by fellow Republicans and first responders, all vowing to stand up against intrusive and unconstitutional vaccine mandates at both the federal and local levels.

Further, DeSantis mocked the inconsistency of Biden’s sweeping mandate, as it does not apply to the legislative or judicial branch employees.

“So they’re issuing this mandate for private sector employees but also for all federal employees, but they’re exempting the post office. They’re exempting members of Congress and members of Congress’s staff? So how does that work? Can someone explain the science to me?” he asked, concluding that it is “all political.”

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