WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s vaccine mandate announcement:
“Despite the core tenet of America’s foundation being freedom, President Biden and his administration vowed to diminish this right yesterday and force our citizens to either get the vaccine or face the consequences. This approach is draconian and will surely be challenged in the courts.
Since day one, I have made it clear that whether or not to receive the vaccine should be a personal decision between your family and doctor. The White House’s demands violate this principle.
Additionally, this misguided government overreach will have severe consequences on America’s workforce. Our most recent jobs report showed the nation is severely lagging behind job creation projections. Threatening workers through forced vaccination will only cause further difficulties in hiring for small businesses and significantly damage our already bruised economy.
After months of disastrous leadership at the border, overseas in Afghanistan, and now with this authoritarian plan, the president has failed to lead the American people out of crises. Instead, he used his power and position to create them.
This administration has put us in an untenable position where our allies don’t trust us, and our enemies don’t fear us. He has trampled on our rights and endangered our citizens. It may only be eight months into their term, but it’s past time for new leadership in the White House.”