House Republicans Request Documents From Biden Administration Over Vaccine Mandate

Ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, Kentucky Rep. James Comer, and several other top House Republicans recently wrote a letter to Labor Secretary Marty Walsh requesting information on the Biden administration’s intentions to enforce the private sector vaccination and testing mandate.

The Daily Caller obtained the letter signed by Comer, Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri.

Foxx is The House Committee on Education’s ranking member, while Luetkemeyer is the House Committee ranking member on Small Business. In the letter, they ask for a list of records and conversations relating to vaccination requirements from the Department of Labor.

Rep. Fox told the Daily Caller, “It is un-American for a President to steamroll job creators’ and workers’ rights, particularly during an onslaught of Democrat-induced economic hardships. Instead of taking real leadership, Biden is forcing job creators to become the vaccine police to prop up his failed COVID-19 response and economic recovery.”

In the letter, dated Oct. 14, 2021, they list 14 demands, including requests for “all documents and communications referring or relating to OSHA guidance to American employees and employers for the surveying of employee vaccination and testing status” and “all documents and communications regarding the federal government’s internal analysis and assessments of the economic impacts of the planned vaccine-and-testing mandate on American employees and employers.”

Additionally, they question the legality of the mandate and ask for “all documents and communications between or among Department of Labor components or between or among Department of Labor Employees and White House or Department of Justice employees reflecting analysis by the White House, the Department of Justice, OSHA, or other components of the Department of Labor concerning the legality of the planned vaccine-and-testing mandate.”

The lawmakers also refer to then-President-elect Joe Biden’s remarks on Dec. 5, 2020, in which he stated that vaccine mandates would not be necessary. They bring up White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s comments from May 14, 2021. She stated that the Biden administration was not considering government vaccination requirements and inquired why the administration pushed for mandates only a few weeks later.

In August, House Republican Andy Biggs introduced legislation that would make it illegal for companies that received COVID-19 relief payments to force their employees to get vaccinated. Additionally, they would have to refund any funds they got from the government. A group of Senate Republicans has also proposed legislation to preserve the personal health data of Americans and ban government entities from requiring evidence of vaccination or the usage of a vaccine passport.

 

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