EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12), spoke at a press conference Thursday afternoon and provided an update on efforts to eliminate President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private businesses.
Keller was joined by other elected officials and spoke at the House Triangle in Washington D.C. around 1:15 p.m.
Keller’s legislation seeks to nullify the mandate, which would require every American business that employs 100 or more individuals to “provide acceptable proof of vaccination status” for each employee.
This week, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay OSHA’s rule, effectively halting its implementation pending future developments in the litigation. Previously, 26 states had filed suit against the administration.
Since its formal introduction yesterday, Keller’s legislation has attracted nearly 190 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) is simultaneously leading an identical resolution in the Senate, with the support of all 50 Republican Senators.
Following the press conference, Congressman Keller made the following statement:
“I am honored to stand with Senator Braun, my colleagues in the House and Senate, and the 80 million American workers who would be impacted by this illegal mandate. Just this week, OSHA was forced to back down from implementing its rule due to a federal court order. This is evidence that we are on the right track, and we will not stop fighting until this unlawful order is eliminated once and for all. The American people are perfectly capable of making their own decisions regarding vaccination, informed by their convictions and in consultation with their doctors. They don’t need the president to do it for them.”Congressman Fred Keller