Republican Senator Introduces Bill That Protects Essential Workers from Being Fired for Refusing Vaccine, Despite Biden’s Order

Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn is working to protect Americans who are subject to being fired over Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.

She released a measure that would protect essential workers from being fired due to federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The legislation is titled “Keeping Our COVID-19 Heroes Employed Act.”

This would exempt them from Biden’s executive order, amid layoffs and resignations from workers across different industries.

Some Americans have been unwilling to receive the mandatory injection in their arm containing the coronavirus vaccine.

Blackburn said, “Our essential workers are true heroes.”

“For over 18 months, essential workers showed up to serve and protect their communities. Businesses across the country are desperate for workers and we are in the midst of a supply chain crisis,” she continued.

“There are more than 10.4 million open jobs across the country, and now President Biden wants to fire even more workers.”

“Getting vaccinated is a choice that should be made between a patient and their doctor. No one should be forced by Joe Biden to be fired or get jabbed,” she concluded.

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The bill is co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Bill Haggerty of Tennessee, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Mike Braun of Indiana, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

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The bill would “provide for an exemption” for “all essential workers” from COVID vaccine requirements imposed by the federal government, a public or private federal contractor, a private entity receiving federal funds, or a public entity receiving funding under the coronavirus CARES Act.

The bill defines an essential worker as an individual who a “relevant State, Indian Tribe, or territory deemed essential during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic;” or “who was exempt from any restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic imposed by a relevant State, Indian Tribe, or territory.”

The legislation was endorsed by a number of worker groups – including the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Border Patrol Council, the president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the National Association of Small Trucking Companies, among others.

The bill comes after President Biden signed an executive order over the summer requiring that all workers in the executive branch be vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden also signed an order to require businesses with more than 100 workers to mandate coronavirus vaccinations.

Biden also signed an executive order on Sept. 9 requiring federal contractors to mandate vaccinations and ensure workers are fully vaccinated by Dec. 8.

Hagerty described the president’s vaccine mandates as “yet another example of the Biden Administration’s government overreach,” saying the government should be “protecting” essential workers “who served courageously — despite the hardships and health risks — during the COVID-19 pandemic, not issuing unlawful federal mandates that threaten their jobs.”