78-year-old Joe Biden, on Thursday, mandated vaccination against COVID-19 and the Delta variant for federal workers and contractors who work for the federal government. He also asked the Department of Labor to issue an emergency order requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested on a weekly basis.
Biden’s new vaccine mandates for federal employees does not apply to members of Congress or those who work for Congress or the federal court system, according to Newsweek.
Joe Biden’s mandate to federal workers applies to employees of the executive branch. The House of Representatives and the Senate belong to the separate legislative branch, and the courts belong to the judicial branch of the federal government.
Biden’s COVID action plan, “Path Out of the Pandemic“, states: “Building on the President’s announcement in July to strengthen safety requirements for unvaccinated federal workers, the President has signed an Executive Order to take those actions a step further and require all federal executive branch workers to be vaccinated.”
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said during a press conference in April that the House could not require members to be vaccinated.
“So — so here is the thing. We are — we cannot require someone to be vaccinated. That’s just not what we can do. It is a matter of privacy to know, who is or who isn’t,” Pelosi said. Video Below
Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Jen Psaki and Dr. Fauci’s previous remarks over a vaccine mandate:
"We cannot require someone to be vaccinated" —Nancy Pelosi
"No, I don't think it should be mandatory" —Joe Biden
"That's not the role of the federal govt" —Jen Psaki
"I don't think you will ever see mandating of a vaccine particularly for the general public" —Anthony Fauci pic.twitter.com/14DY4Lyijz
— MN House Republicans (@mnhousegop) September 10, 2021
Pelosi’s office reiterated that position in a statement to Newsweek on Friday, saying the speaker’s April 29 remarks were “referring to the institution in which she serves.”
“She’s saying she cannot force Members to be vaccinated, which is true,” the statement said.
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