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FIRST ON FOX – Representative James Comer, R-Ky., On Thursday introduced legislation that would prevent President Biden from requiring employees of federal contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Federal Contractors Fairness Act of 2021 would prohibit executive agencies from requiring employees of federal contractors to be vaccinated and would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report the ways in which a federal contractor mandate created job losses and disrupted worker performance and the national supply chain within 180 days of the legislation being passed.
“American workers shouldn’t be forced to get the blow to keep their jobs. President Biden’s authoritarian mandate over federal contract workers requiring vaccination or dismissal is unfair to those who support the federal government and put services such as defense and border security at risk, “Comer, a leading member of the House committee on surveillance and reform, told Fox News in a statement.
“Because of the ambitious mandate, employees risk losing all of their livelihoods – jobs, pensions and healthcare plans – and President Biden is putting our country at risk for public safety, health and chain crises.” supply, ”he said.
All House Oversight Republicans signed on to the bill.
Biden issued a Executive Decree on September 9, requiring federal contractors to ensure their employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine without having the option to undergo a weekly COVID-19 test.
The president said in his order on September 9 that the mandate would “reduce the spread of COVID-19, which will reduce worker absences, lower labor costs, and improve the efficiency of contractors and sub- contractors at sites where they perform work on behalf of the federal government. Government.”
“As a result, ensuring that federal contractors and subcontractors are properly protected against COVID-19 will strengthen the economy and efficiency of federal government procurement,” the executive order said.
Republicans have also spoken out against pushing Biden to have the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) create a rule requiring companies with 100 or more employees to implement a vaccination mandate.
OSHA announced the new vaccine on November 4 to reign require some US employers to ensure that all of their workers are either fully vaccinated by Jan. 4 or subject to weekly testing and mask wearing, sparking a slew of lawsuits from attorneys general and republican state governors.
A Texas federal court ruled in favor of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s trial on November 6. The court temporarily suspended the controversial rule in a victory for the Red State.
On November 12, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered OSHA to “take no action to implement or enforce the warrant until further notice of the court.” The decision was the latest development in what is expected to be a long legal battle over the legality of the tenure.
Comer’s office told Fox News that due to the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision to suspend companies with more than 100 employees from requiring vaccinations, federal contractors will now be subject to warrants than regular businesses. are at least temporarily exempted from implementation.
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Comer and other Republican oversight lawmakers also recently sent a letter Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Secretary of General Service Administration Robin Carnahan and Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Shalanda Young, requesting information and documents related to the vaccine mandate Federal subcontractor to the president.
Representative Fred Keller, R-Pa., November 18 presented legislation to override the OSHA vaccine rule.
Thomas Barrabi of Fox News contributed to this report.