‘I’m Happy To Show My Cards’: Progressives Double Down, Vow To Tank Infrastructure Bill If Budget Gets Delayed

Progressives are doubling down against the bipartisan infrastructure bill unless it accompanies Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget as its path to becoming law becomes more complex given moderates’ objections to its size and scope.

House leadership guaranteed an infrastructure vote on Sept. 27 in August when they advanced the budget, and promised that the vote would not be postponed. But moderates like West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema have called for a “pause” on the budget’s consideration and gone on-record opposing the $3.5 trillion size, making it all but certain that it will not be finalized a week from today.

“You have a very small destructive group of members who want to hold the entire country’s agenda hostage for an arbitrary date,” New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told reporters Monday, referring to the likes of Manchin, Sinema and several House moderates who have opposed certain provisions. “And … it’s not representative of the agenda of the caucus [or] the agenda of the president.”

“I’m happy to show my cards,” she added when asked if there was any chance progressives were bluffing and would not actually tank the bipartisan package, which passed the Senate in August with 19 Republicans joining all Democrats to vote in favor.

Multiple other progressives, including Reps. Cori Bush, Jamaal Bowman and Ilhan Omar, have spoken along similar lines.

“We will only vote for the infrastructure bill after passing the reconciliation bill,” Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal wrote in August on behalf of the entire Congressional Progressive Caucus. (RELATED: Democrats Are All In On The Largest Budget In History. Its Passage Is Far From Certain)

Sen. Joe Manchin is one of the moderates objecting to the budget as written, infuriating progressives. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The disagreements between moderates and progressives give Democratic leadership almost no room to work with given their three-vote margin in the House and an equally divided Senate, and the fact that Republicans unanimously oppose the budget and mostly oppose the infrastructure bill.

Sinema reportedly made a similar threat Monday, vowing to oppose Democrats’ reconciliation package – effectively killing it as a result – if the Sept. 27 vote failed. She already came out against its provision allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, mirroring three House Democrats who did the same last week even as President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer outlined it as a top priority.

On top of the intensifying intraparty fight, Congress must also fund the government in the next 10 days to avoid a shutdown and raise the debt ceiling to prevent the country from defaulting on its debt. (RELATED: Congress’ Weeks Ahead Are Extremely High-Stakes And Absolutely Brutal)

Republicans have vowed to not support a debt ceiling increase, instead telling Democrats to attach it to their budget, a move that they have yet to do.

“I am worried,” Majority Whip Dick Durban, the no. 2 Senate Democrat, told reporters Monday when asked about the possibility of a default.

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Hospital system makes workers vow to give up antibiotics, Tylenol to get COVID vaccine exemptions

It’s official: Joe Biden has announced that his Administration will be forcing COVID vaccinations on nearly 1/3rd of American citizens, blatantly disregarding the personal objections of millions of people and moving America ever closer towards a medical dictatorship.

We cannot stand for this unprecedented overreach, and we will not submit to Biden’s tyrannical public coercion efforts.

Please SIGN this urgent petition informing the President that you will NOT comply with these unconstitutional vaccine mandate orders issued by the Biden Administration, and that elected officials should act in their capacity to block these intrusive demands.

On Thursday, September 9th, Joe Biden announced the latest round of federal orders meant to further coerce large swaths of the public into getting the COVID vaccine — many against their will.

While the legal standing of these measures is, at best, dubious, the Biden Administration appears more ready than ever to gut our individual rights and practically erase medical autonomy in our country.

This latest escalation in overreach was announced via a televised speech in which Biden outlined a new “six-point plan” that includes far more than just six avenues to achieve mass medical compliance.

Among the most egregious new federal mandates are the following:

  • A requirement that all private businesses employing more than 100 people mandate their workers get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing (to be implemented by way of a new Department of Labor rule)
  • A requirement that all federal employees and federal contractors get the COVID vaccine
  • A requirement that all healthcare workers in facilities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and/or Medicaid (an estimated 17 million) get the Covid-19 vaccine without an alternative testing option
  • A requirement that all Head Start teachers get the COVID vaccine
  • A federal effort to lobby states to implement vaccine mandates for all school employees, and require regular testing of all students and school staff
  • A federal effort to lobby entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing in order to grant entry to the public
  • A continuation of mask mandates on all federal properties and during interstate travel (i.e. planes, trains, buses)

All in all, these new vaccine mandates, which will go into effect within the coming weeks, will affect an estimated 100 million American workers — 2/3rds of the entire workforce!

And, according to an administration official, violations of these unconstitutional requirements could result in fines of up to $14,000.

While this is clearly a political ploy on the part of the Joe Biden and his team of power-hungry Washington insiders to shift the focus from their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American public knows better: After nearly a year and a half’s worth of arbitrary, ever-changing, and unconstitutional government mandates in response to the COVID outbreak, it was always a given that the Biden Administration would ramp things up even further when it behooved them.

And now, it would seem that time has officially come.

“This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden uttered in his remarks, confirming his administration’s blatant dismissal of all Americans’ right(s) to accept or decline the experimental Covid-19 vaccine.

This is a stunning reversal from Biden’s declaration last December that “I don’t think [the vaccine] should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory.”

In fact, Biden even confirmed his intention to flout states’ rights in the process, warning that “If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way.”

These are not the words of an “empathetic” leader; these are the words of an aspiring dictator. And, for the time being, the only way to stop Joe Biden’s tyranny is through mass noncompliance.

As we’ve said from the beginning, science, basic logic, and common sense should dictate policy regarding COVID and the Delta variant.

But Joe Biden and the federal government have long abandoned those principles throughout this crisis, culminating into this disturbing yet inevitable flurry of intrusive vaccine mandates that use people’s jobs, individual autonomy, and livelihood as leverage.

This assault on our individual rights, private businesses, and American workers cannot be tolerated, and the easiest way to combat these unlawful orders is to just say NO.

Please SIGN and SHARE this most important petition letting Joe Biden know that you will NOT comply with the unconstitutional medical demands being made by this administration, and that action should be taken to block any intrusive action against working Americans and private employers.

Thank you!

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More Than Half of US States Vow to Fight Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

Twenty-seven Republican governors or attorneys general have vowed to fight the latest executive order issued by President Joe Biden mandating that over 80 million private employees receive COVID-19 vaccinations or undergo weekly testing, or their employer will be fined.

The executive order directs the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to require private businesses with more than 100 employees mandate that their workers receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing. Noncompliance would result in fines of $14,000 per violation.

The governors who’ve expressed opposition include those from Arizona, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Republican attorneys general from states with Democratic governors who also vowed to fight include Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Louisiana AG Jeff Landry.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with whom Biden has sparred over mask mandates and vaccine passports, said Florida would fight back.

“When you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to stand up for the Constitution and to fight back, and we are doing that in the state of Florida,” he said. “This is a president who has acknowledged in the past he does not have the authority to force this on anybody, and this order would result potentially in millions of Americans losing their jobs.”

Texas, which is already embroiled in several lawsuits with the Biden administration, vowed to sue. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said after hearing Biden’s announcement that “Texas is already working to halt this power grab” and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Texas would be suing the Biden administration “very soon.”

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said, “OSHA cannot dictate personal health care decisions for Missourians. Missouri is not under an OSHA state plan, and Parson will not allow state employees to be used to enforce this unconstitutional action.”

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster vowed to fight Biden, saying, “The American Dream has turned into a nightmare under President Biden and the radical Democrats. They have declared war against capitalism, thumbed their noses at the Constitution, and empowered our enemies abroad. Rest assured, we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said, “Governors don’t report to Joe Biden. Governors don’t report to the federal government, the states created the federal government, and Joe Biden has stepped out of his reach,” Ducey said. “These mandates are outrageous. They will never stand up in court. We must and will push back.”

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita indicated he was working with a group of AGs to file a lawsuit. “My team and I, along with other like-minded attorneys general, are reviewing all legal action on how to stand against these authoritarian actions by the Biden administration,” he said in a statement.

The Republican National Committee also announced it was suing “to protect Americans and their liberties” if the proposed rule change were to go into effect.

In response to Republican pushback, White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond, a former Democratic congressman from Louisiana, told CNN the White House expected the opposition.

He said, “… those governors that stand in the way, I think, it was very clear from the president’s tone today that he will run over them. And it is important. It’s not for political purposes. It’s to save the lives of American people. And so, we won’t let one or two individuals stand in the way. We will always err on the side of protecting the American people.”

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More than half of U.S. states vow to fight Biden’s vaccine mandate

Twenty-seven Republican governors or attorneys general have vowed to fight the latest executive order issued by President Joe Biden mandating that over 80 million private employees receive COVID vaccinations or undergo weekly testing, or their employer will be fined.

The executive order directs the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to require private businesses with more than 100 employees mandate that their workers receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing. Noncompliance would result in fines of $14,000 per violation.

The governors who’ve expressed opposition include those from Arizona, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Republican attorneys general from states with Democratic governors who also vowed to fight include Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Louisiana AG Jeff Landry.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with whom Biden has sparred over mask mandates and vaccine passports, said Florida would fight back.

“When you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to stand up for the Constitution and to fight back, and we are doing that in the state of Florida,” he said. “This is a president who has acknowledged in the past he does not have the authority to force this on anybody, and this order would result potentially in millions of Americans losing their jobs.”

Texas, which is already embroiled in several lawsuits with the Biden administration, vowed to sue. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said after hearing Biden’s announcement that “Texas is already working to halt this power grab” and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Texas would be suing the Biden administration “very soon.”

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said, “OSHA cannot dictate personal health care decisions for Missourians. Missouri is not under an OSHA state plan, and Parson will not allow state employees to be used to enforce this unconstitutional action.”

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster vowed to fight Biden, saying, “The American Dream has turned into a nightmare under President Biden and the radical Democrats. They have declared war against capitalism, thumbed their noses at the Constitution, and empowered our enemies abroad. Rest assured, we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said, “Governors don’t report to Joe Biden. Governors don’t report to the federal government, the states created the federal government, and Joe Biden has stepped out of his reach,” Ducey said. “These mandates are outrageous. They will never stand up in court. We must and will push back.”

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita indicated he was working with a group of AGs to file a lawsuit. “My team and I, along with other like-minded attorneys general, are reviewing all legal action on how to stand against these authoritarian actions by the Biden administration,” he said in a statement.

The Republican National Committee also announced it was suing “to protect Americans and their liberties” if the proposed rule change were to go into effect.

In response to Republican pushback, White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond, a former Democratic congressman from Louisiana, told CNN the White House expected the opposition.

He said, “… those governors that stand in the way, I think, it was very clear from the president’s tone today that he will run over them. And it is important. It’s not for political purposes. It’s to save the lives of American people. And so, we won’t let one or two individuals stand in the way. We will always err on the side of protecting the American people.”



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19 governors vow to fight Biden’s vaccine mandate “to the gates of hell” – HotAir

Joe Biden went full authoritarian about COVID-19 vaccine mandates Thursday when he announced a federal mandate imposed upon businesses with more than 100 employees. There are some big union exceptions to the mandate – like postal workers – but for non-union workers across the country, if they don’t get vaccinated, they can lose their job. A lot of pieces of this new mandate are still missing, as Biden has a habit of announcing sweeping orders before all the details are written out on paper. When that happens, likely in a couple of weeks, nineteen governors have promised to fight the mandate.

The reason for the big union carve-outs is because this is a political decision from Team Biden, not one based in science. Unions contribute almost solely to Democrat campaigns and contributed heavily to the Biden presidential campaign. Both Joe and Jill Biden are greatly compromised in their decision-making abilities due to using union support for political expediency. Remember Jill and Joe reassuring teachers’ unions that they’d have a friend living in the White House?

It is now perfectly predictable that governors will reject a mandate issued from the White House on vaccines. Conservatives reject a federal government one-size-fits-all approach to governing. Nineteen Republican governors vow to fight the mandate “to the gates of hell” as Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina said.

“The American Dream has turned into a nightmare under President Biden and the radical Democrats,” Republican South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said on Twitter. “They have declared war against capitalism, thumbed their noses at the Constitution, and empowered our enemies abroad.”

“Rest assured, we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian,” he added.

This is no small mandate. It can affect up to 80 million workers. It places the burden of enforcement on employers to verify that workers are vaccinated or to make sure they tested regularly for the virus. Biden is doing a workaround through OSHA in order to justify a federal mandate. Nineteen governors have vowed to fight the order, along with two attorneys general so far. Most have released statements on the subject. The states involved include Arizona, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. All red states. The intention of the Biden administration is to divide the country further, not unite us in the war on COVID-19. Biden went so far as to threaten governors who do not fall in line – that’s a nice little state you have there, it’d be a shame if anything happened to it. He completely ignores the 10th Amendment in his thirst for power.

The hyper-partisan Democrat host of Meet the Press, Chuck Todd, said this morning that his show had invited all nineteen governors to come on the show and discuss the mandate. The only one who accepted the invitation – Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas – likely disappointed Todd. Often Hutchinson is happy to go along to get along with Democrats but not this morning. He said that using cover from OSHA enforcement of the mandate and a top-down approach will backfire. He is not supportive of Biden’s mandate and says that he will continue to encourage residents of his state to get vaccinated. He rightly points to the burden placed on business owners and the negative effect the mandate will have on the labor market. Some business owners may be relieved to let the federal government dictate their employees’ personal health decisions, as they can just point to the mandate and say it’s not them, it’s Biden, but most business owners don’t want to get mired down in the personal choices of their employees.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb said on Face the Nation this morning that a federal mandate is not the way to go. He sits on the board of Pfizer and was a member of the Trump administration as head of FDA. He’s very pro-vaccination but in this case, he says it will backfire. By using a sweeping federal mandate, the people not inclined to get vaccinated will only dig in deeper with their opposition. It doesn’t change anyone’s mind about COVID-19 vaccines. He essentially said the same that Governor Hutchinson said – the one-size-fits-all top-down federal approach doesn’t work well. Both believe the decision on vaccines should be left to local communities.

As a side note, Gottlieb said that a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 12, currently not eligible for them, will likely be ready around October. He predicts that eventually a COVID-19 vaccine will be added to the childhood immunization schedule.

The OSHA rules for compliance have not been written. When they are and distributed to governors and other public officials, that is when to look for the lawsuits to begin.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the chair of the National Governors Association, said in a statement, “I fully support continued efforts to increase vaccination rates across our nation, but the federal government mandates on private businesses are not the right answer.

“I have been consistent in freedom of businesses to require their employees to be vaccinated, and I have opposed the government from saying businesses cannot exercise that freedom,” he added. “The same principle should protect the private sector from government overreach that requires them to vaccinate all employees.”

“The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective tools to prevent the disease, but getting the vaccine is and should be a choice,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement. “These mandates are outrageous. They will never stand up in court. We must and will push back.”

“I will pursue every legal option available to the state of Georgia to stop this blatantly unlawful overreach by the Biden administration,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said on Twitter.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem issued a statement on Twitter, saying, “South Dakota will stand up to defend freedom. @JoeBiden see you in court.” She later shared another Twitter post saying that her legal team is prepared to stand up to the Biden administration’s mandates.

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts was interviewed on Fox News Sunday. He said that the attorney general in Nebraska and other states are looking into how to ‘attack” the mandate in court.

“I’ve been talking to my attorney general, he is coordinating with the other attorneys general across the country who share similar views about the overreach,” Ricketts told Chris Wallace during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

“As we see what these rules are we will be able to know exactly how we will be able to challenge them in court. I’m also talking with my colleagues around the country as well the other governors who feel the way I do, and we’ll be working on other strategies,” he added.

Ricketts said going to court would occur once authorities better grasp of the rules being implemented.

“When we get an idea of what these rules exactly will be we’ll know how to be able to attack it in court,” he said.

Ricketts said the choice to be vaccinated is a personal one. He also stressed that a worker shouldn’t have to choose between vaccination and a job.

We aren’t all in this together and we haven’t been since the start of the pandemic. Mandates and mitigation of the virus quickly turned political. Biden wouldn’t likely have had such difficulty getting a larger number of Americans vaccinated if he and Kamala and other prominent Democrats didn’t come out against the COVID-19 vaccines while Trump was president. Most of the actions taken have been all about politics and not much about following science. The rules were for the little people, not elected officials and members of big unions. Members of Congress and their staffers are also exempt from Biden’s mandate.





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Republican governors vow to fight Biden’s vaccine mandate

President Joe Biden is ushering in COVID-19 vaccine mandates for up to 100 million Americans. However, many Republican governors are vowing to fight back against the sweeping coronavirus vaccine mandate. At least 23 GOP governors denounced Biden’s vaccine mandate.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis questioned the humanity of Biden’s forced vaccinations.

“How could we get to the point in this country where you would not let them earn a living because of their choice on the vaccine?” DeSantis said. “I just think that’s fundamentally wrong. I do not believe that people should lose their jobs over this issue, and we will fight that.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the mandates are “an assault on private businesses” and pledged to “halt this power grab.”

“Biden’s vaccine mandate is an assault on private businesses,” Abbott said. “I issued an Executive Order protecting Texans’ right to choose whether they get the COVID vaccine & added it to the special session agenda. Texas is already working to halt this power grab.”

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told Biden, “See you in court.”

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp proclaimed, “I will pursue every legal option available to the state of Georgia to stop this blatantly unlawful overreach by the Biden administration.”

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Biden’s vaccine mandates are “nonsense.”

“President Biden has overreached with these new mandates, and we’re united in fighting back,” Ivey said on Friday. “I’m partnering alongside my conservative colleagues across the country in this fight. This is a fight for businesses, our hardworking men and women, and our American liberties.”

“I encourage Alabamians to take the vaccine – have been since the beginning, but we’re never going to mandate it,” Ivey continued. “And we certainly aren’t going to allow Washington, D.C., and this president to tell Alabama what to do. Here in Alabama, we don’t put up with that nonsense.”

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon said the Biden administration’s “unconstitutional overreach of executive power has no place in America. Not now, and not ever.”

“The Biden Administration’s announcement to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing for private businesses is an egregious example of big government overreach,” Gordon stated. “Our Constitution was written and fought for to protect our liberties as American citizens.”

“This administration’s latest pronouncement demonstrates its complete disregard for the rule of law and the freedoms individuals and private companies enjoy under our Constitution,” he tweeted. “In Wyoming, we believe that government must be held in check. I have asked the Attorney General to stand prepared to take all actions to oppose this administration’s unconstitutional overreach of executive power. It has no place in America. Not now, and not ever.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey also accused the Biden administration of overreach.

“This is exactly the kind of big government overreach we have tried so hard to prevent in Arizona — now the Biden-Harris administration is hammering down on private businesses and individual freedoms in an unprecedented and dangerous way,” Ducey explained. “This will never stand up in court.”

“This dictatorial approach is wrong, un-American and will do far more harm than good. How many workers will be displaced? How many kids kept out of classrooms? How many businesses fined? The vaccine is and should be a choice. We must and will push back,” Ducey said.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee called the mandate a “power grab.”

“‘This is not about freedom’ is a phrase that should never come out of a U.S. President’s mouth,” Lee said, quoting Biden’s speech on Thursday.

“For a fight that requires working together, a lot of cynical and divisive edicts came out of the White House today pitting the vaccinated against the unvaccinated, businesses against employees, and the federal government against states,” Lee added. “The Constitution won’t allow this power grab, and in the meantime, I will stand up for all Tennesseans.”

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said his state will “stand up” and “explore all our options” with the attorney general.

“President Biden’s announcement is a stunning violation of personal freedom and abuse of the federal government’s power,” Ricketts wrote. “This plan isn’t about public health – this is about government control and taking away personal liberties.

“Americans, not the federal government, are responsible for taking charge of their personal health,” he continued. “It is not the role of the federal government to mandate their choices. Nebraska will stand up…working with the Attorney General to explore all our options.”

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster blasted Biden for turning the American dream into a nightmare.

“The American Dream has turned into a nightmare under President Biden and the radical Democrats,” McMaster exclaimed. “They have declared war against capitalism, thumbed their noses at the Constitution, and empowered our enemies abroad.”

“Rest assured, we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian,” he declared.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said he is already discussing “options for mounting a legal challenge to President Biden’s plan.”

“We’ve reached out to the ND Attorney General to discuss options for mounting a legal challenge to President Biden’s plan to impose a vaccine mandate on private businesses,” Burgum said. “This gross federal overreach goes against everything I believe as a governor, business owner & American.”

“The White House needs to be reminded that the states created the federal government, not the other way around, and we will always vigorously defend states’ rights,” he declared.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said there will be no “government vaccine mandates” in his state.

“It is not the government’s role to dictate to private businesses what to do,” Stitt stated. “Once again President Biden is demonstrating his complete disregard for individual freedoms and states’ rights.”

“As long as I am governor, there will be no government vaccine mandates in Oklahoma,” he proclaimed. “My administration will continue to defend Oklahoma values and fight back against the Biden administration’s federal overreach.”

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson promised to fight back against the federal government.

“Vaccination protects us from serious illness, but the decision to get vaccinated is a private health care decision that should remain as such,” Parson stated. “My administration will always fight back against federal power grabs and government overreach that threatens to limit our freedoms.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wrote, “I think the President made a mistake by announcing federal vaccine mandates. We should be focused on the science of preventing virus spread – the vaccine is our best tool to stop COVID – but people and business owners should make their own decisions about vaccination.”

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Biden’s “unconstitutional move is terrifying.”

“The President has no authority to require that Americans inject themselves because of their employment at a private business,” Reeves said. “The vaccine itself is life-saving, but this unconstitutional move is terrifying. This is still America, and we still believe in freedom from tyrants.”

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Americans need to do what’s best for them, and Biden’s order will worsen the workforce shortage.

“President Biden is taking dangerous and unprecedented steps to insert the federal government even further into our lives while dismissing the ability of Iowans and Americans to make healthcare decisions for themselves,” Reynolds declared. “Biden’s plan will only worsen our workforce shortage and further limit our economic recovery.”

“As I’ve said all along, I believe and trust in Iowans to make the best health decisions for themselves and their families,” she continued. “It’s time for President Biden to do the same. Enough is enough.”

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb pushed back against Biden’s vaccine mandate.

“I believe the vaccine is the no. 1 tool that will protect us & our loved ones against COVID-19. It’s the tool that will end the pandemic,” Holcome began his tweet thread. “However, I strongly believe it’s not the state or federal government’s role to issue a vaccine mandate upon citizens & private businesses. This is the approach our administration has taken all along.”

“The announcement from President Biden is a bridge too far. Private businesses should be able to look at their own mission, their staff & their goals & make the decision best for them that will keep their doors open,” he said. “I believe it is fundamentally a citizen’s right to choose whether or not to get the vaccine. While I wish everyone would get the vaccine, we are a country built on this exact type of freedom.”

Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued a statement, “Today’s actions from President Biden amount to government overreach. Government should stay out of decisions involving employers and their employees as much as possible. I’ve advocated for and championed fewer government regulations and mandates on business.”

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte slammed the vaccine mandate, “President Biden’s vaccination mandate is unlawful and un-American. We are committed to protecting Montanans’ freedoms and liberties against this gross federal overreach.”

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a statement against the order.

“I have been consistent in the freedom of businesses to require their employees to be vaccinated, and I have opposed the government from saying businesses cannot exercise that freedom,” Hutchinson noted. “The same principle should protect the private sector from government overreach that requires them to vaccinate all employees.”

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy called to remove Biden via the 25th Amendment.

“This is ridiculous and unenforceable. If there was ever a case for the 25th Amendment…,” Dunleavy suggested.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox reacted by saying, “Getting vaccinated is the single most important thing people can do right now to protect ourselves and our community and reduce the spread of the Delta variant. While we support efforts that encourage vaccinations, we have serious concerns about the legality of the order.”

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice stated, “I absolutely think that that is wrong. I am absolutely not in support of doing that in any way in the state of West Virginia.”





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Governors Vow to Fight Biden Vaccine Mandates

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President Biden’s draconian speech on Thursday provoked a swift backlash from at least 15 governors, all of whom vowed to fight the administration’s newly announced mandates.

Biden’s six-point plan to combat COVID includes vaccine mandates for federal workers and many private sector employees and will affect as many as 100 million Americans. Biden called upon governors to mandate vaccines for all school teachers and staff, and urged entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from attendees. His plan also calls for states, pharmacies, and medical professionals to prepare to administer booster shots. He also announced an increase in fines for travelers who refuse to mask and expanded access to at-home and rapid testing. His plan also includes expansion of the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs.

Biden’s remarks toward the unvaccinated during his speech was full of the type of vitriolic hatred one would expect him to reserve for the Taliban.

“Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated, even though the vaccine is safe, effective, and free,” he opined, glossing over the hundreds of thousands of vaccine-related injuries and deaths reported by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

His speech will only serve to deepen the divide in this country as he and his fellow Democrats continue to pit vaccinated and mask-wearing Americans against the unvaccinated and unmasked.

Reaction from numerous governors was immediate, with vows to fight the unconstitutional mandates, the Daily Wire reported. The governors took particular issue with Biden’s orders for the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to force all employers with 100 or more employees “to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work.” The Daily Wire cited the immediate reactions from a dozen governors:

  • Tate Reeves, Mississippi: “The President has no authority to require that Americans inject themselves because of their employment at a private business. The vaccine itself is life-saving, but this unconstitutional move is terrifying. This is still America, and we still believe in freedom from tyrants.”
  • Brian Kemp, Georgia: “I will pursue every legal option available to the state of Georgia to stop this blatantly unlawful overreach by the Biden administration.”
  • Kristi Noem, South Dakota: “My legal team is standing by ready to file our lawsuit the minute @joebiden files his unconstitutional rule. This gross example of federal intrusion will not stand.”
  • Henry McMaster, South Carolina: “The American Dream has turned into a nightmare under President Biden and the radical Democrats. They have declared war against capitalism, thumbed their noses at the Constitution, and empowered our enemies abroad. Rest assured, we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian.”
  • Doug Ducey, Arizona: “This is exactly the kind of big government overreach we have tried so hard to prevent in Arizona — now the Biden-Harris administration is hammering down on private businesses and individual freedoms in an unprecedented and dangerous way. This will never stand up in court. This dictatorial approach is wrong, un-American and will do far more harm than good. How many workers will be displaced? How many kids kept out of classrooms? How many businesses fined? The vaccine is and should be a choice. We must and will push back.”
  • Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas: “I fully support continued efforts to increase vaccination rates across our nation, but the federal government mandates on private businesses are not the right answer. I have been consistent in the freedom of businesses to require their employees to be vaccinated, and I have opposed the government from saying businesses cannot exercise that freedom. The same principle should protect private sector from government overreach that requires them to vaccinate all employees.”
  • Kim Reynolds, Iowa: “President Biden is taking dangerous and unprecedented steps to insert the federal government even further into our lives while dismissing the ability of Iowans and Americans to make healthcare decisions for themselves. Biden’s plan will only worsen our workforce shortage and further limit our economic recovery. As I’ve said all along, I believe and trust in Iowans to make the best health decisions for themselves and their families. It’s time for President Biden to do the same. Enough.”
  • Greg Gianforte, Montana: “President Biden’s vaccination mandate is unlawful and un-American. We are committed to protecting Montanans’ freedoms and liberties against this gross federal overreach.”
  • Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma: “It is not the government’s role to dictate to private businesses what to do. Once again President Biden is demonstrating his complete disregard for individual freedoms and states’ rights. As long as I am governor, there will be no government vaccine mandates in Oklahoma. My administration will continue to defend Oklahoma values and fight back against the Biden administration’s federal overreach.”
  • Kay Ivey, Alabama: “Once again, President Biden has missed the mark. His outrageous, overreaching mandates will no doubt be challenged in the courts. Placing more burdens on both employers and employees during a pandemic with the rising inflation rates and lingering labor shortages is totally unacceptable. Alabamians have stepped up by rolling up their sleeves to get the covid-19 vaccine, increasing our doses administered significantly in recent weeks. We have done so without mandates from Washington D.C. or Montgomery. I’ve made it abundantly clear: I support the science and encourage folks taking the vaccine. However, I am absolutely against a government mandate on the vaccine, which is why I signed the vaccine passport ban into law here in Alabama. This is not the role of the government. I continue encouraging any Alabamian who can, to get the covid-19 vaccine. We have a safe and effective tool at our fingertips, so, let’s roll up our sleeves and get this thing beat.”
  • Greg Abbott, Texas: “Biden’s vaccine mandate is an assault on private businesses. I issued an Executive Order protecting Texans’ right to choose whether they get the COVID vaccine & added it to the special session agenda. Texas is already working to halt this power grab.”
  • Mike Parsons, Missouri: “The Biden Administration’s recent announcement seeking to dictate personal freedom and private business decisions is an insult to our American principles of individual liberty and free enterprise. This heavy-handed action by the federal government is unwelcome in our state and has potentially dangerous consequences for working families. Vaccination protects us from serious illness, but the decision to get vaccinated is a private health care decision that should remain as such. My administration will always fight back against federal power grabs and government overreach that threatens to limit our freedoms.”

Likewise, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy suggested Biden’s speech was evidence it was time to remove him from office via the 25th Amendment.

Dunleavy tweeted that the president’s actions are “ridiculous and unenforceable,” adding, “If there was ever a case for the 25th Amendment.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee called out Biden’s “This is not about freedom” statement he made as he unveiled the vaccine mandates.

Lee tweeted, “’This is not about freedom’ is a phrase that should never come out of a U.S. President’s mouth.”

Though Biden failed to mention certain governors by name, his speech took aim at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Biden said,

My plan also takes on elected officials and states that are undermining you and these lifesaving actions. Right now, local school officials are trying to keep children safe in a pandemic while their governor picks a fight with them and even threatens their salaries or their jobs. Talk about bullying in schools. If they’ll not help — if these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my power as President to get them out of the way. 

The Department of Education has already begun to take legal action against states undermining protection that local school officials have ordered. Any teacher or school official whose pay is withheld for doing the right thing, we will have that pay restored by the federal government 100 percent. I promise you I will have your back. 

And though these governors have not yet addressed this part of Biden’s speech in particular, Governor DeSantis said he would continue to “fight” any effort by the federal government to mandate vaccines or tests on private businesses and individuals.

“How could we get to the point in the country where you would want to have someone lose their job because of their choice about the vaccine or not? I mean, look, some folks have reasons to do — maybe they’re making the wrong decision — but to put them out of work and not let them earn a living because of this, I just think that that’s fundamentally wrong,” DeSantis said, later adding: “I do not believe that people should lose their jobs over this issue, and we will fight that. If they try to do that through a rule like the Department of Labor, I don’t think they have the legal authority to do that, but we obviously would want to support protections for people who are just trying to earn a living.”

As noted above, Governor Abbott also responded to Biden’s speech by calling the mandates a “power grab,” and promising a fight to stop them.



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Biden raises tensions with governors with vow to ‘get them them out of the way’ of vax mandates

A combative President Joe Biden brought simmering federal-state tensions to full boil on Thursday by threatening governors who don’t agree with his new COVID mandates, vowing he would he use his executive powers to “get them out of the way.”

Within 24 hours, at least 19 governors and two attorneys general had said they wouldn’t comply with his vaccine mandate and would protect businesses in their states.

“Let me be blunt,” Biden said. “My plan also takes on elected officials in states that are undermining you in these life-saving actions. If they’ll not help, if these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I will use my power as president to get them out of the way.” 

Relations between Biden and GOP governors were already frayed, following a succession of administration challenges to state prerogatives through executive orders, new regulations, lawsuits and threats of federal intervention across a range of issues, including border protection, election integrity, land use, and public health and individual medical autonomy. 

When Biden brushed aside immigration law at the border on his first day in office, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was the first AG to sue.

His first lawsuit – of nearly a dozen – was over an executive order halting deportations of illegal immigrants.

Texas won the case and continued to sue – over executive orders related to immigration, oil and gas leasing, Medicaid and federal funding. Texas is now being sued by the Biden administration over the state’s recently enacted heartbeat bill.

The Supreme Court declined to take up a case attempting to halt the measure.

Another Supreme Court ruling the Biden administration ignored was its decision that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s rent moratorium was unconstitutional. 

Biden has been battling with the popular Republican governors of Texas and Florida for months, as their states were among the first to reopen, and their governors opposed vaccine passports, mask mandates, and further restrictions on businesses. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis each issued mandates prohibiting schools from requiring children to wear masks. 

Biden said in early August: “I say to these governors: please help. If you aren’t going to help, please get out of the way of the people who are trying to do the right thing.”

DeSantis retorted: “This is a guy who ran for president saying he was going to ‘shut down the virus.’ And what has he done? He’s imported more of the virus from all over the world by having a wide open southern border.

“So why don’t you do your job? Why don’t you get this border secure? And until you do that, I don’t want to hear a blip about COVID from you.”

Biden also issued a memorandum and directed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to “assess all available tools in taking action, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to ensure that governors and other officials are taking all appropriate steps to prepare for a safe return to school for our Nation’s children, including not standing in the way of local leaders making such preparations.”

Alluding to these actions, Biden said Thursday that the Department of Education “has already begun to take legal action against states undermining protection that local school officials have ordered.”

But Biden’s metastasizing conflict with governors extends beyond these two states. Upon entering office, Biden immediately and unilaterally halted new oil and gas leases from being issued on public lands and waters. Seventeen governors asked him to rescind his order. 

“You began your presidency with calls for unity,” the governors noted. But the “lack of consultation with our states,” they continued, was “alarming, showing disregard for the citizens we serve and the businesses that employ them and keep our country running and our nation secure.” 

Biden ignored their request, and 14 states sued.

In April, South Dakota  Republican Gov. Kristi Noem sued Biden for canceling July 4th fireworks at Mt. Rushmore. Now she’s ready to sue him over the vaccine mandate. 

“My legal team is standing by ready to file our lawsuit the minute Joe Biden files his unconstitutional rule,” she tweeted Thursday. “This gross example of federal intrusion will not stand.”

As Biden’s chief law enforcement officer, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has been battling governors over hot button issues from election integrity to education policies and mask mandates.

When Arizona began auditing its election results, Garland said his office would scrutinize any post-election audits, threatening jail time for state auditors in new federal guidance

In response, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Garland “displayed an alarming disdain for state sovereignty,” the 10th Amendment, and the election provisions in Articles I and II of the Constitution.

“My office is not amused by the DOJ’s posturing and will not tolerate any effort to undermine or interfere with the State Senate’s audit to reassure Arizonans of the accuracy of our elections,” Brnovich added. “We stand ready to defend federalism and state sovereignty against any partisan attacks or federal overreach.”

Biden’s mandate “collides with many state laws, including those that ban vaccine passports,” and “his administration has no authority to force any employee or employer to receive the COVID shots,” said Mat Staver, chairman and founder of Liberty Counsel, a Christian public interest law firm. “We will challenge his lawless executive order.”

Among those state rules are Texas Gov. Abbott’s executive order prohibiting state and local government entities from establishing vaccine mandates. Calling Biden’s mandate “an assault on private businesses,” Abbott said, “Texas is already working to halt this power grab.”

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, said: “The American Dream has turned into a nightmare under President Biden and the radical Democrats. They have declared war against capitalism, thumbed their noses at the Constitution, and empowered our enemies abroad. Rest assured, we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said he’s been vaccinated, but Biden’s “dictatorial approach is wrong” and “will never stand up in court.” It’s “un-American and will do far more harm than good,” Ducey added. “How many workers will be displaced? How many kids kept out of classrooms? How many businesses fined? The vaccine is and should be a choice. We must and will push back.” 

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said as long as he was governor, “there will be no government vaccine mandates in Oklahoma.” 

“My administration will continue to defend Oklahoma values and fight back against the Biden administration’s federal overreach,” he tweeted Thursday.

Just over 40 days ago, on July 30, Fox News asked CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, “Are you for mandating a vaccine on a federal level?” 

“That’s something that I think the administration is looking into,” Walensky replied, following up later on Twitter: “To clarify: There will be no nationwide mandate. I was referring to mandates by private institutions and portions of the federal government. There will be no federal mandate.”

Prior to being sworn into office, Biden was asked if COVID vaccines should be mandatory. “No. I don’t think they should be mandatory,” said the then-president-elect. “I wouldn’t demand that they be mandatory.”

As recently as July 23, his press secretary, Jen Psaki, said in response to the same question, “That’s not the role of the federal government.” 

In August 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, now the president’s chief medical advisor, said, “I don’t think you’ll ever see a mandating of the vaccine, particularly for the general public.” 

But on July 29, Biden mandated that all federal employees either receive COVID-19 shots or wear masks indefinitely and be tested weekly. On Aug. 24, all members of the U.S. military were mandated to be vaccinated. However, according to CNN, U.S. Postal Service workers “are not subjected to federal mandate, but fall under the Labor Department rule announced by President Biden aimed at businesses with more than 100 employees … with employees required to vaccinate or test weekly.”

While at least 19 Republican governors have said they will fight Biden, the Republican Governor’s Association notes that Democrat governors have remained “largely silent as their Party’s leader tramples states’ rights.”
 
“As Biden threatens all governors who refuse to go along with his unconstitutional mandate, will Democrat governors who blindly follow Biden’s every move speak out?” Republican Governors Association spokesman Jesse Hunt asked in a statement. “Let’s see who Democrat governors side with: Joe Biden or the families and businesses they were elected to represent.”





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Pro-Abortion Churches in Texas Fight Fetal Heartbeat Law, Vow to ‘Take God Back’ From Religious Right – RedState

Setting aside the incongruent irony, as suggested by my headline, a growing number of “pro-choice” (pro-abortion) churches in Texas are vowing to fight the Lone Star State’s new fetal heartbeat law, which prohibits performing abortion procedures after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Let’s first review what the law is and what it is not, via The Heritage Foundation:

The Texas law prohibits most abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected via ultrasound, which is at roughly six weeks gestation. It also prohibits individuals from assisting a person in obtaining an illegal abortion.

These so-called heartbeat bills have passed in various states in recent years, but all have been blocked by courts that have deemed them to run afoul of precedent established by Roe v. Wade and subsequent Supreme Court jurisprudence.

But the Texas Heartbeat Act takes a novel approach. Specifically, state officials may not enforce the law and are granted sovereign immunity against anyone seeking to bring suit on the grounds that the bill is contrary to constitutional law.

Instead, private citizens may bring a civil enforcement action against someone who performs an abortion in violation of the law or assists someone in obtaining an illegal abortion.

Therefore, the only way for an abortion provider to claim a defense against application of the law is to wait for a private actor to sue, and then raise their contrary argument that the law itself is unconstitutional.

The churches, which refer to themselves as “Reproductive Freedom Congregations” [rolling-eyes emoji], are united in their public support for a woman’s right to an abortion and are determined to “take God back” from the religious right, as reported by The Washington Post.

The initiative was spearheaded last week by the religious group “Just Texas: Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice” with the goal of “training” pastors on how to preach on “reproductive health” issues from the pulpit.

More than two dozen Texas congregations have publicly declared their support for women to decide whether and when to have children and have asserted that access to “reproductive health care” — an “essential healthcare service,” as self-proclaimed “devout Catholic” Joe Biden calls it — is a human right.

During a press conference last week, Just Texas announced that 25 churches had achieved the Reproductive Freedom Congregations designation since the effort launched in 2016. About 70 other churches that have agreed to hold the designation are “going through the process.”

According to the group’s website, to become a “Reproductive Freedom Congregation,” a church must publicly affirm three “principles”:

  • We trust and respect women.
  • We promise that people who attend our congregation will be free from stigma, shame, or judgment for their reproductive decisions, including abortion.
  • We believe access to comprehensive and affordable reproductive health services is a moral and social good.

Rev. Erika Forbes, outreach and faith manager of Just Texas, called the group “a historic moment,” as transcribed by WaPo:

This is a historic moment. Given the state of politics and policy and culture in the state of Texas, it’s a moment worth noting because it represents a transformation.

From what to what, exactly?

Forbes dropped more irony — this time, about “moral decisions.”

Even though we know that statistically speaking, church membership is down, data show that people go to their church or look to the church of their childhood upbringing to help them frame their moral decisions.

Churches are responsible for the direction of the culture in their community, in their state and in this country.

Um, OK, Ms. Forbes — can you further ‘splain?

We need, right now more than ever, churches to come out of the shadows.

OK, not to nitpick, but are you sure you don’t mean some people in some churches need to, as you call it, come out of the shadows? Never mind — rhetorical question.

And this, from Forbes:

I am on a quest, we are on a quest, to take God back from the hostage situation that the conservatives have hijacked, and I absolutely feel that the God that I believe in, the God that I serve, called by many names, and no name at all, trusts and respects women.

And course we have Biden and Pelosi to kick around.

While I’m far from a theologian and I’m sure God “trusts and respects women,” Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in March admonished Biden to “stop defining himself as a devout Catholic” and acknowledge that his views on abortion are not in line with the Church’s teaching.

And while we’re at it, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s archbishop, Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, in May said “prominent Catholics” who support abortion should be denied communion. Pelosi has a long history of trotting out her “deep Catholic faith” at precisely the right moments — solely for political expediency. The classic example, her reference to late-term abortion as “sacred ground.”

As to pro-abortion churches in Texas “taking God back” from pro-life churches, Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen, senior minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, told KRIV-TV on Sunday that his church and other “Reproductive Freedom Congregations” represent mainstream Christians.

We live in a country where a third of women have had an abortion, which means that on a Sunday morning when I’m preaching to my congregation, I can assume that a third of the women there have had an abortion.

There are progressive liberal mainstream churches that are synagogues and mosques and temples that are out there and believe in reproductive freedom for women. We’re going to make our voices known.”

And Texas’s new fetal heartbeat law?

“Straight out of the fascist playbook,” according to the “man of God.”





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