Republican Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale will introduce legislation Tuesday which would block jurisdictions from trying to implement a system that requires vaccine passports.
Rosendale was joined by 24 other co-sponsors on the “No Taxpayer Funding for Vaccine Passports Act” as many organizations have pushed the idea of requiring individuals to obtain a passport proving they have been vaccinated before they can travel or do other activities. The bill would prevent the government from using federal funds to implement any form of vaccine passports.
The lawmakers believe it is less likely that the federal government will try to mandate vaccine passports systems, as the White House said in early April that President Joe Biden’s administration was not considering plans for a “vaccine passport.” The lawmakers believe that does not mean other jurisdictions which receive federal funding won’t try to implement a vaccine passport system.
Rosendale told the Daily Caller that Americans should not be forced by the government to take the vaccine and that individuals have the right to make their own decisions.
“Vaccine passports systems being proposed across our country are truly frightening. Individuals have a right to make their own healthcare decisions, and they should not be forced by the government to be vaccinated – possibly against the advice of their physician – or risk being cast out of society. Although the Biden administration is now trying to walk back reports that they are helping develop federal vaccine passport, we are now seeing state and local governments threaten to implement them,” Rosendale said.
“My bill would enable individuals to make their own healthcare decisions and ensure they are not bullied by bureaucrats in Washington, state capitols, or city halls – like we are already beginning to see in cities in New York and California,” Rosendale continued. (RELATED: DeSantis Issues Executive Order, Bans Vaccine Passports)
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The cosponsors on the legislation include Reps. Rick Crawford, Chip Roy, Yvette Herrell, Mary Miller, Jeff Duncan, Bob Good, Lance Gooden, Scott Perry, Ashley Hinson, Barry Moore, Ted Budd, Madison Cawthorn, Paul Gosar, Greg Steube, Marjorie Greene, Jody Hice, Bill Posey, Tom Tiffany, Nancy Mace, Ronny Jackson, Andrew Clyde, Doug LaMalfa, Lauren Boebert, and Dan Webster. (RELATED: There Will Be No Federal Mandate For Vaccine Passports, White House Says)
“The American people have the right to make their own decisions about their health. Government mandates should never encroach on our personal freedoms,” Gooden told the Daily Caller.
Republican Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida recently signed executive orders banning vaccine passports in their respective states. China and Israel have already created vaccine passports and databases.