Entire House Republican Conference Unites Behind Congressman Keller's Resolution to Eliminate Biden's Vaccine Mandate for Businesses

Statement

Date: Dec. 7, 2021
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) announced that all 212 members of the House Republican Conference have cosponsored his Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate on private employers with more than 100 employees.

"Every Republican member of the House is united in our effort to eliminate President Biden's unconstitutional vaccine mandate for America's businesses," Congressman Keller said. "Private employers and workers have worked too hard to recover from this pandemic to have their livelihoods ripped away over what should be a private medical decision. I urge my House Democratic colleagues to stand with us and the 80 million Americans who would be affected by this totalitarian measure."

In addition to having the support of every Republican member of the U.S. House and 51 Senators, including Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), more than 20 stakeholders have endorsed Congressman Keller's resolution.

Jason Fink, President & CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce:

"It is disappointing to see that employers are now being forced to enforce vaccinations for individuals. Over 80% of the US population 18 and over have received at least one of the vaccine shots. The federal government should not be dumping this burden onto business and industry. I commend Congressman Keller for his leadership on this issue and urge Congress to pass the Congressional Review Act resolution without delay."

Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks:

"President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate represents one of the most brazen illegal actions ever taken by the executive branch. We are pleased to see the vast majority of the House Republican Conference support Rep. Fred Keller's (PA-12) resolution to disapprove President Joe Biden's illegal vaccine mandate. Rep. Fred Keller and Sen. Mike Braun's (R-IN.) joint resolution to nullify OSHA's employer vaccine mandate is a crucial statement for conservatives in defense of medical freedom and individual liberty."

Jason V. Christianson, Vice President, Government Relations, The Construction Association (AGC):

"On behalf of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, the largest national commercial construction trade association representing more than 27,000 firms, I thank [Rep. Keller] for introducing and urge [his] colleagues to support H.J.Res. 65, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution of disapproval to stop the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that would require employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 4, 2022, or be subjected to weekly testing."

Michele Stanley, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association:

"NSSGA is grateful for the leadership of Senator Braun and Rep. Keller to introduce legislation that would stop Occupational Health and Safety Administration's (OSHA) unnecessary COVID-19 testing and vaccine mandate. The aggregates industry, since being deemed essential by the federal government during the pandemic, has aggressively worked to address COVID-19 in the workplace. NSSGA strongly supports the overall goal of vaccinating Americans against COVID-19 and has launched a national vaccination campaign. Our member companies have taken action to encourage vaccinations, including providing time off to get the shot; additional vacation days; and offering cash rewards and other incentives, valued in the thousands of dollars. However, OSHA's actions to hastily issue an ETS mandating worker vaccination or weekly testing will not help advance its overall goal. Unfortunately, we fear the vaccine mandate will stress an already strained workforce, making it difficult for operators to produce the essential building materials that our country desperately needs. We call on all of Congress to support Senator Braun's and Representative Keller's Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to formally nullify the vaccine mandate and thank them for their leadership advancing it in the House and Senate."

Jessica Anderson, Executive Director of Heritage Action:

"As the 5th Circuit ruling has shown, President Biden's vaccine mandate is both unlawful and a blatant abuse of power, as Congress never granted OSHA the statutory authority to issue and enforce such a rule. While we hope that future rulings will uphold this decision, it is good to see that more than 200 members signed onto an effort, being led by Rep. Fred Keller, to introduce legislation to repeal the OSHA mandate under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This unlawful mandate represents another example of President Biden's disturbing disregard for the separation of powers. President Biden has repeatedly shown a willingness to use the sprawling executive branch as a shadow legislature to overrule Congress when it denies him his preferred policy outcomes. At times, even President Biden has admitted that his actions are unlawful, only to go ahead with them anyway. The House should pass Rep. Keller's CRA resolution of disapproval, as it would be a small start in Congress reasserting its leadership role in creating the nation's laws."

Jason E. Todd, Vice President, Government Affairs, Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC)

"IEC urges Congress to act and stop the Biden administration's COVID-19 ETS. This vaccine-or-test mandate provides an unnecessary strain on the construction industry's workforce that continues to struggle to attract qualified workers," said Thayer Long, IEC National Executive Director. "The ETS is a prime example of administrative overreach and puts IEC's small electrical contractors in the difficult position of having to police the health care decisions of their employees."

Below is the full list of supporting stakeholder groups:

National Federation of Independent Business
National Retail Federation
National Restaurant Association
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
Associated Builders and Contractors
Associated General Contractors of America
American Pipeline Contractors Association
Independent Electrical Contractors
Plastics Pipe Institute
National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association
Distribution Contractors Association
National Utility Contractors Association Power and Communication Contractors Association
Associated Builders and Contractors
National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
National Association of Home Builders
National Grain and Feed Association
Heritage Action
FreedomWorks
Club for Growth
Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce
Americans for Prosperity
American Commitment
Concerned Women for America LAC
Americans for Tax Reform


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