DES MOINES, Iowa – Governor Kim Reynolds is criticizing President Biden’s plan to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for as many as 100 million Americans.
The President announced his plan Thursday afternoon to use the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to force employers with more than 100 workers to either require vaccinations or weekly tests for the coronavirus. He says the roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated.
President Biden is also signing an executive order to require vaccination for employees of the executive branch and contractors who do business with the federal government — with no option to test out.
Reynolds responded with this statement:
“President Biden is taking dangerous and unprecedented steps to insert the federal government even further into our lives while dismissing the ability of Iowans and Americans to make healthcare decisions for themselves.”
“Biden’s plan will only worsen our workforce shortage and further limit our economic recovery. “
“As I’ve said all along, I believe and trust in Iowans to make the best health decisions for themselves and their families. It’s time for President Biden to do the same. Enough is enough.”
Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also announced Thursday the Republican National Committee intends to sue the Biden administration on their vaccine mandate:
“Joe Biden told Americans when he was elected that he would not impose vaccine mandates. He lied. Now small businesses, workers, and families across the country will pay the price. Like many Americans, I am pro-vaccine and anti-mandate. Many small businesses and workers do not have the money or legal resources to fight Biden’s unconstitutional actions and authoritarian decrees, but when his decree goes into effect, the RNC will sue the administration to protect Americans and their liberties.”
Iowa Republican Congresswoman Ashley Hinson released a response of her own:
"I share the outrage that many Iowans have already expressed to me regarding President Biden's unconstitutional vaccine mandate. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a personal choice, a choice my family and I decided to make because the vaccine is safe and effective, and a choice I believe Iowans should be able to make for themselves. Doling out fines to small businesses and punishments to workers will only worsen the economic challenges we are facing. This is the wrong approach to increasing vaccinations and moving our country forward."