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FreedomWorks’ Bill of the Month for October 2021: The Freedom From Mandates Act, H.R. 5360

The Big Picture

Our constitution clearly outlines three co-equal branches of government, each with a unique role. The legislature’s responsibility is to write laws, the executive’s responsibility is to execute laws, and the judiciary’s responsibility is to interpret laws. Unfortunately, President Biden needs a refresher when it comes to basic civics.

Increasingly, the executive branch and its federal bureaucracy is the dominant branch of government, actively usurping Congress’ authority to legislate. Congress is not without blame, however, as our legislators routinely abdicate their responsibility to unelected bureaucrats, delegating their constitutional duty.

The heightened importance of the executive branch and diminished role of Congress allows the president to enact sweeping policy changes without the deliberation that accompanies the legislative process.

President Joe Biden is no stranger to the imperial presidency. Since taking office, he routinely bypasses Congress with his pen and phone. The President’s unilateral move to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for over 100 million American workers is but one example of his determination to push his authority to its absolute limits.

In response, Freedom Caucus Chairman, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) introduced a bill to undo President Joe Biden’s dangerous vaccine mandates.

The Details

  • On September 9th, President Joe Biden announced a sprawling vaccine mandate for more than half of our workforce.
  • The mandate from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will require companies that employ more than 100 workers to require their employees to be vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 weekly.
  • All federal employees will also be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • H.R. 5360, the Freedom From Mandates Act, would undo President Biden’s executive orders requiring federal employees to be vaccinated and prohibits the Secretary of Labor, Medicare, or Medicaid from making COVID vaccines mandatory.

Why it Matters

President Biden’s vaccine mandate is a gross abuse of power. The choice of whether or not one takes the vaccine should ultimately be left up to the individual. His decision to unilaterally strip millions of Americans of the freedom to make their own medical decisions is simply appalling.

Rep. Andy Biggs’ bill fighting against President Biden’s vaccine mandates is a much-needed statement by Congress to reassert its constitutional role as lawmaker. The decision whether or not to take the vaccine lies solely with the individual, not the government.

Currently, the Freedom From Mandates Act has 29 cosponsors in the House. Hopefully, more of our elected representatives will join this bill and take a stand in favor of personal freedom and constitutional government.