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Rep. Andy Biggs introduced a bill on Thursday that would prevent federal agencies from imposing mandatory documentation showing a person has received a COVID-19 vaccine.
The legislation aims to block authorities from certifying a U.S. citizen's COVID-19 vaccination status to a third party, such as a restaurant or airline, as well as prohibit proof of vaccination from being a requirement to access federal or congressional property or services.
"I am profoundly disturbed that the Biden Administration would even consider imposing vaccine passports on the American people. My private healthcare decisions - and yours - nobody else's business. Vaccine passports will not help our nation recover from COVID-19; instead, they will simply impose more Big Brother surveillance on our society," Biggs said in a statement.
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The Arizona Republican also commended Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for being an "early leader" against vaccine passports, citing the governor's executive order last month barring state officials from enforcing a vaccine passport system.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott followed suit with his own executive order on Tuesday. Other Republicans in Ohio and Pennsylvania are pushing for similar measures at the state level.
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Biggs's bill has 18 co-sponsors, including several members of the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative group of which he is chairman. Reps. Louie Gohmert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Madison Cawthorn are among the sponsors. However, with the House in Democratic control, it's not clear how far such a bill would get under the direction of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The White House insisted this week that the federal government would not support an initiative to implement a vaccine passport system.
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Original Author: Mica Soellner
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