Biden’s new vaccine mandate for federal workers has caused quite an uproar. The mandate applies to every federal employee, healthcare workers, and numerous businesses. It applies to millions of Americans. But you know who it doesn’t apply to? Congress — or Biden himself.
Biden’s mandate exempts members of Congress and the federal court system as well as their staffers, according to a new report from Fox News. The entire legislative and judicial branches of the government don’t have to get the jab — which leaves many Americans asking “why us and not them?” Fox reports:
In April, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress couldn’t mandate the vaccine among members and that it was a “matter of privacy.” In early August, she signaled she would be open to mandating the vaccine once it was granted full approval by the Food and Drug Administration, but she has not appeared to have revisited the issue since Pfizer’s vaccine was approved late last month.
On Aug. 3, a group of House Democrats sent a letter to the Attending Physician of Congress, Dr. Brian Monahan, asking him to mandate vaccines for members of Congress and their staff or to require twice-weekly COVID-19 testing. It is not clear how many members of the House and Senate remain unvaccinated, but the number is estimated to be very low.
As part of his plan announced Thursday, Biden said companies with 100 or more employees will have to mandate vaccines or weekly COVID-19 testing under a forthcoming emergency order by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which will apply to more than 80 million private-sector workers. The administration said companies that don’t comply can face fines of almost $14,000.
It’s unclear why Pelosi and her friends in Congress are not required to get vaccinated like the rest of us, but this two-tier system of requirements does nothing to instill confidence in Americans s far as vaccines are concerned. If they are completely safe, why do our nation’s leaders not have to get the jab? This is a question we will not see the Biden administration answer, unfortunately.