The Biden administration is constantly re-inventing ways to force the unvaccinated to take the Covid jab.
First, it was free burgers, donuts, and money.
Then, just three weeks ago, Biden forced vaccine mandates on businesses with over 100 employees.
Now, instead of respecting Americans’ freedom of choice, Biden plans to create a vaccine mandate for interstate travel within the United States.
What happened to Biden’s promise to never require federal vaccine mandates?
I guess it was just another empty promise from the failing Biden administration.
Did they ask taxpayers whether we want such a mandate?
Or if it is necessary for public health?
Of course not!
According to reports in D.C., the Biden administration plans to flex its tyrannical muscles to force the unvaccinated to get the experimental gene therapy drug to travel across state lines.
Word is that Biden to issue Vaccine Passport mandate for interstate travel despite saying 4+ times that there would not be federal vaccine mandates because they are unethical or not the role of government.https://t.co/Uzy47nWwlp
— TheBreeze (@TheFineBreeze) October 1, 2021
Are cars and bicycles next?
Impeach Unconstitutional Biden!
Now There are Whispers in D.C. That Biden is About to Issue Vaccine Passport Mandate for Interstate Travel https://t.co/5d53zcZCMU
— Al (@Al01619246) October 1, 2021
Mask mandates have led to vaccine mandates which are currently leading to travel restrictions and a divided society.
Other signs of a looming vaccine passport for interstate travel include support from “experts” such as Dr. Fauci and Dr. Zeke Emanuel.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief of the NIAID, is typically the messenger that the administration sends out to prime the public for forthcoming extreme measures. Fauci recently supported a vaccine mandate for interstate travel.
“I would support that. If you want to get on a plane and travel, then you should be vaccinated,” Fauci said in an interview on the Skimm This podcast in mid-September.
“Fauci later clarified to say that the Biden administration is not extending its vaccine mandate to travel just yet, although it is under consideration,” NPR noted.
Dr. Zeke Emanuel, who infamously earned the nickname “Dr. Death” for his support of death panels in Obamacare, unsurprisingly also supports the draconian practice.
“To overcome covid-19, at least 80 percent of Americans need to be vaccinated,” Emanuel co-wrote in a Washington Post editorial with Cornell professor John P. Moore. “We are now at 54 percent. Voluntary efforts have proved to be insufficient. It is inevitable we will need another mandate — this time for domestic travel by planes, trains and buses.”
Former President Obama’s Transportation Secretary also threw his backing behind the authoritarian mandates.
“The man who ran former President Barack Obama’s Department of Transportation thinks President Joe Biden is going too soft on airlines and airline travelers as part of the government’s efforts to get the pandemic under control,” Politico reported.
“Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the White House should push airlines to put a vaccine mandate on airline travelers in place,” the report continued. “If the airlines refuse, LaHood said, the White House should do it itself. What’s more, he contends it wouldn’t be a heavy lift operationally.”
“I don’t think it would be difficult at all. It’s no different than showing your driver’s license to TSA,” LaHood said in an interview. “I don’t see it as a bureaucratic challenge to the airlines. I really don’t. You got to show ID in order to get through TSA, then make it a part of getting through TSA — that you can’t get through TSA unless you show proper identification, your ticket and a vaccination card.”
However, such burdens on interstate travel clearly violate the U.S. Constitution’s “freedom of travel,” which has been widely recognized in the nation’s federal courts.
“In Kent v. Dulles, 357 U.S. 116 (1958), the United States Secretary of State had refused to issue a passport to an American citizen based on the suspicion that the plaintiff was going abroad to promote communism (personal restrictions/national security),” Wikipedia summarized. “Although the Court did not reach the question of constitutionality in this case, the Court, in an opinion by Justice William O. Douglas, held that the federal government may not restrict the right to travel without due process”:
The right to travel is a part of the ‘liberty’ of which the citizen cannot be deprived without due process of law under the Fifth Amendment. If that “liberty” is to be regulated, it must be pursuant to the law-making functions of the Congress. . . . . Freedom of movement across frontiers in either direction, and inside frontiers as well, was a part of our heritage. Travel abroad, like travel within the country, . . . may be as close to the heart of the individual as the choice of what he eats, or wears, or reads. Freedom of movement is basic in our scheme of values.
The Legal Information Institute also provides background on the “freedom of travel.”
The doctrine of the “right to travel” actually encompasses three separate rights, of which two have been notable for the uncertainty of their textual support. The first is the right of a citizen to move freely between states, a right venerable for its longevity, but still lacking a clear doctrinal basis. The second, expressly addressed by the first sentence of Article IV, provides a citizen of one state who is temporarily visiting another state the “Privileges and Immunities” of a citizen of the latter state. The third is the right of a new arrival to a state, who establishes citizenship in that state, to enjoy the same rights and benefits as other state citizens. This right is most often invoked in challenges to durational residency requirements, which require that persons reside in a state for a specified period of time before taking advantage of the benefits of that state’s citizenship.
Furthermore, vaccine passports would be an unnecessary and onerous burden that would fall disproportionately on minorities and underprivileged. The World Health Organizations has advised against ‘vaccine passports’:
“We have long been advising against using covid vaccination passports for international travel due to non-equitable availability and need for robust evidence for prevention of virus transmission post-vaccination. We have issued the latest interim guidance to all member states,” WHO chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan told Mint.
The United States, similarly, has disparities in demographical subpopulations’ willingness to take vaccines. As KFF recently noted in a report:
The CDC reports demographic characteristics, including race/ethnicity, of people receiving COVID-19 vaccinations at the national level. As of September 21, 2021, CDC reported that race/ethnicity was known for 59% of people who had received at least one dose of the vaccine. Among this group, nearly two thirds were White (60%), 10% were Black, 17% were Hispanic, 6% were Asian, 1% were American Indian or Alaska Native, and <1% were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, while 5% reported multiple or other race.
According to Becker’s Hospital Review, 12 states have banned vaccine mandates: Arizona, Arksansas, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
The Biden administration, nonetheless, has begun implementing travel barriers to those coming from abroad and for Americans on domestic flights that come increasingly close to ‘vaccine mandates.’ These new restrictions were noted in a September 21 article in the National Law Review:
The Biden administration will start requiring all adult travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of boarding their flight to the United States. This change in policy is scheduled to go into effect in November 2021.
With respect to unvaccinated American citizens, foreign national children who cannot be vaccinated, or individuals who obtain an exemption to the vaccination requirement, they will be required to provide proof of a negative test within one day of departure and provide proof they have purchased a viral test to be taken after arrival. Limited exemptions to the vaccination requirement will be granted to children, vaccine trial participation, and those who can demonstrate an important reason for travel and lack of access to vaccination in a timely manner (e.g., refugees from conflict zones). Furthermore, the CDC will issue a contact tracing order requiring airlines to collect certain contact data for all international air travelers, and the administration confirmed the mask mandate will continue through Jan. 18, 2022.
Biden is sure on track to separate us more than we’ve ever been for a resident who claimed zeal to unite the country.
Thankfully, Florida Senator Rick Scott brought legislation to ban Biden from imposing vaccine passports as mandatory for interstate travel.
Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) accompanied Scott on the Senate floor Wednesday to introduce the Prevent Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates for Interstate Commerce Act.
Today, I went to the Senate floor with a commonsense bill that would stop Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates from hurting hardworking U.S. businesses. Democrats blocked it. They'd rather advance their liberal agenda, even if it hurts families. (1/2) https://t.co/0yMEkz3iLi
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) September 29, 2021
Sen. Rick Scott made a compelling speech to safeguard Americans’ right to make their own decisions to protect their community.
Americans are sick and tired of the government telling them what to do. And the American people are more than capable of making the right decision to protect them, their family, and their neighbors.
Ron Johnson co-sponsored the legislation, highlighting the damaging effect this would have on our economy.
These freedom fighters are a far cry from the inaction of the RINOs!
The Epoch Times has more:
In a Wednesday speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), joined by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), introduced legislation that would bar the Biden administration from implementing vaccine passports requirements for interstate travel.
Scott began by praising the Trump administration for its quick development of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus vaccine, which he noted has been very successful. But, he continued, “government should not issue [mandates]” as President Joe Biden has done.
As localities and states join the federal government in issuing various vaccine mandates and vaccine passport requirements, Scott said that “Americans are sick and tired of the government telling them what to do. And the American people are more than capable of making the right decision to protect them, their family, and their neighbors.”
Vaccine Cards for Interstate Travel ‘Reeks Of A Power Grab’: Scott
Scott then turned to the main thrust of his speech.
“Travel is critical to getting our economy fully reopened,” Scott said, “America’s truckers, shippers, pilots, and delivery men and women play an important role in delivering the goods needed to keep our economy going.”
Accordingly, Scott’s bill, the Prevent Unconstitutional Vaccine Mandates for Interstate Commerce Act, would prohibit several federal agencies involved in interstate commerce and travel from requiring proof of vaccination: The Department of Transportation, which oversees the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), the Surface Transportation Board, the Transportation Security Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Maritime Commission, and the Department of Commerce.
Though the president has made no public statements about plans to require vaccine passports for interstate travel, Scott indicated that some reports he had heard indicated just such a plan. The proposal “reeks of a power grab,” he said.
“The federal government has no business imposing vaccine mandates on our people and our hardworking businesses,” Scott commented.
Scott also pointed to previous litigation of similar proposals: “The Supreme Court has already ruled that you cannot be forced to purchase insurance under the commerce clause. Why would president Biden think he could do so with a vaccine mandate?”
Scott is here referencing a case concerning former President Barack Obama’s controversial Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). One of the bill’s most controversial clauses, the individual mandate, required citizens to purchase health insurance or pay a fine to the federal government. The administration justified this proposal under the commerce clause of the Constitution, which gives the federal government the power to regulate interstate commerce. The Supreme Court ruled that this was not an acceptable argument, but upheld the individual mandate as a tax rather than as a fine.
Scott also noted hypocrisy from Biden over vaccine policy. “In December, President Biden promised, promised,” he emphasized, “he would not require Americans to be vaccinated or require that they carry vaccine passports.” With his mandate, Scott said, “Biden has broken that promise.”
His bill, he continued, would bar Biden from regulating interstate travel and “protect the rights of citizens as laid out in our Constitution.”
Biden “wants to impose his view of health on every American citizen,” Scott said. “I’m here to say I won’t stand for it.”
Ron Johnson, who co-sponsored the legislation, also said that he doesn’t think that proponents of regulating vaccination status for interstate travel “have thought through how damaging [it] would be to our economy.” Lee, another co-sponsor, criticized the “strong-arm executive tactics used by President Biden” since he has come into office.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is introducing the same bill to the House of Representatives.
However, Democrats have already demonstrated significant unity with Biden on vaccine mandates.
According to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), every member of the Democratic caucus in Congress has been vaccinated. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) immediately rebuked Scott’s legislation, defending vaccine passports being required where government agencies consider the move necessary. On Sept. 22, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) made an impassioned speech defending Biden’s vaccine mandate, accusing Republican opponents of “exalting liberty over life.”
Even if Republicans could garner support for the bill in the lower chamber, it would face a far sharper challenge in the Senate, where Democrats could block debate on the bill. To overcome this challenge, Republicans would have to be entirely on board with Scott’s bill and would need at least ten Democrats to join them.
Thus far, no measures to require vaccine passports for interstate travel have been seriously put forward by the Biden administration.
You can watch Sen. Rick Scott introduce this bill on YouTube below:
Many on Twitter are pleading for our Senators to pass this bill against unconstitutional mandates.
"Sen. Rick Scott Introduces Bill to Ban Vaccine Passport for Interstate Travel After Reports That Biden Might Issue Mandate"
— Be An Advocate for your Rights & Freedoms (@advocate_be) October 1, 2021
Sen. Rick Scott Introduces Bill to Ban Vax Passports for Interstate Travel
Such a passport for interstate travel would be an egregious violation of the Constitution & would kill our republic, forcing states to form compacts to preserve their freedom.https://t.co/sCLF7JUAx3
— H L Wegley (@hlwegley) September 30, 2021
The Biden administration is poised to make its next unconstitutional power grab in the former of a ‘vaccine mandate’ for interstate travel within the United States, according to reports on Capitol Hill.
Declaring War on American Citizens. Period.
RINOS THANKS FOR NOTHING.
— QWarrior (@QWarrior18) October 1, 2021
One trucker noted that if you think the shortages are dire now, wait until the interstate mandate comes into play.
As a trucker im waiting for the interstate travel vax mandate. You think there are shortages now? About 1/3 of my fellow truckers aren’t comfortable getting the shot based on what I hear. Many truckers are retirement age already or close.
— Silvertrucker21 (@silvertrucker21) October 1, 2021
Interstate travel vaccination mandates seem like the next logical step for the Biden admin to try and pull off.
After being lied to by the Biden Administration more than once about how there would never be federal vaccine mandates, this shouldn’t be surprising.
Will Biden be able to pull this off?
Tyrants are only successful when they have total control of the population.
Holding the line was never more critical than it is today.