Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), for the fourteenth day, spoke against President Biden’s vaccine mandate on the Senate Floor today (Nov. 4) and asked the Senate to pass by unanimous consent his bill to clarify that federal law does not authorize the President to issue a general vaccine mandate.
Senator Lee also shared his thoughts about the leaked mandate draft that will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow. Of the draft mandate Sen. Lee said, “It is true that President Biden’s vaccine mandate is yet to be officially published in the federal register. However, it will be tomorrow.The unpublished mandate can be found, and here is some of what it entails. If an employer has an employee that has yet to be vaccinated, President Biden is requiring the employer to pay workers for the time it takes to get vaccinated and provide sick leave for workers to recover from any side effects. And what happens if a business does not comply? President Biden has threatened a nearly $14,000 fine per violation, per person, per day. This is an administrative nightmare. If employees don’t want to be vaccinated against COVID-19 then they must pay for the testing. American workers will be on the hook and it’s something most Americans simply cannot afford.”
Lee offered his bill the “No Forced Vaccination for COVID-19 Act” which would prevent federal vaccine mandates from taking effect without approval from Congress.