Additional senators join Mike Lee to defund vaccine mandates

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and other Senators distributed a letter to colleagues on February 14, 2022 stating they will not grant consent to expedite passage of a Continuing Resolution without a roll call vote on an amendment that defunds the enforcement of the remaining federal vaccine mandates.  Due to tight distribution turnaround, many Senators were unable to review the letter before initial release. Since then, Sen. James Lankford (OK) and Sen. James Risch (ID) have also joined the effort.

Of the additional members joining the effort, Sen. Lee said, “I’m excited to have additional Senators join the letter on defunding the vaccine mandates.  We had to get the first letter out quickly, but as more Senators have seen it, more want to join this vital fight for liberty.  I am honored to be joined in this effort by Senators Lankford and Risch.”

The letter reads in part “We have consistently opposed President Biden’s federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates, which would force millions of Americans to choose between an unwanted medical procedure and being able to provide for their families. For legal, constitutional, and policy reasons, we remain not only strongly opposed to the mandates, but also firmly convinced that the risk of inaction on our part is unacceptably high.

The Senators continue, “These COVID-19 vaccine mandates amount to a serious abuse of both federal power and executive authority. They also further strain the economic and social pressures our society currently faces, while completely ignoring existing evidence-based data on natural immunity from previous COVID- 19 infection.

The list of signatories as of this release includes:

  • Sen. Mike Lee (UT)
  • Sen. Roger Marshall (KS)
  • Sen. Cynthia Lummis (WY)
  • Sen. Mike Braun (IN)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (KY)
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (TX)
  • Sen. James Lankford (OK)
  • Sen. James Risch (ID)