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Concerned Women Applaud Virginia AG Miyares for his Public Universities COVID-19 Vaccines Opinion

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Attorney General Jason Miyares issued a legal opinion today that Virginia colleges cannot require their students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a general condition of students’ enrollment or in-person attendance.

Miyares highlights the opinion that “as recognized in the prior opinion, ‘[t]here is no question that the General Assembly could enact a statute requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for in-person school attendance.’ As of this writing, it has not done so. Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly has amended other statutes to address pandemic-related issues.”

Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America (CWA), gave the following statement responding to today’s release:

“Attorney General Miyares’ opinion proves that he respects the rule of law and listens to students, parents, and school employees. His first opinion as Virginia AG is a huge step in the right direction to personal freedom in education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. No student should be denied admission to an institution or admittance to class because of their vaccine status.

“Nothing in Virginia law empowers public universities to make such requirements, and therefore we urge them to immediately rescind their policies.policies.

“We are grateful to Gov. Youngkin and Attorney General Miyares and urge them to continue prioritizing education, parents, and students in Virginia and continue to push back on the authoritarian establishment.

“Concerned Women for America applauds Attorney General Miyares and will continue to stand up for individual freedom and civil rights for Americans.”

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Nance on SCOTUS Vaccine Mandate Decisions

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Supreme Court of the United States today struck down the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate for private employers with 100 or more employees.

Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, gave the following statement responding to today’s mixed decision:

“The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down President Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate for businesses with over a hundred employees was an important victory for every American’s individual and religious freedom.

“It is troubling that the Court suggests that such a mandate could be enforced on healthcare workers and others. Forcing compliance on frontline healthcare workers will cause hundreds of hard-working Americans to lose their jobs; many of these healthcare workers have natural immunity from prior infections. As the case goes forward, we hope the Biden Administration finally listens to the American people and enacts reasonable, unifying policies that actually help people, instead of hurting them further.

“Concerned Women for America will continue to stand up for individual freedom for every American to make the best decision on the COVID-19 vaccination for themselves and their families.”

Nance Joins Congressional Leaders in Opposition to Vax Mandate

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Concerned Women for America CEO and President, Penny Nance joins other conservative leaders calling on Congress to oppose the Biden Administration vaccine mandate: “This employee vaccine mandate shows a complete disregard for our civil liberties under the Constitution. It reveals to us a President who has lost touch with the people he represents and who now seeks to impose his policy choices by abusing the constitutional powers granted to him by ‘We the People.’”

Click here to read the full letter.

Not So Fast: Congressional Pushback on Biden Vax Mandate

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Republicans in Congress have sprung into action following President Biden’s iron-fist decree for a national vaccine mandate on employers.

President Biden ordered the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop emergency regulations to enforce an onerous vaccine mandate on businesses with 100 or more employees. OSHA has yet to issue a formal rule, but that is not stopping members of Congress from acting in their capacity now and preparing to trigger a congressional review process. As many Americans brace for a looming choice between their livelihoods and liberties, Republicans in the House and Senate are working to use every tool available to challenge executive overreach.

Here is a roundup of these efforts:

  1. Mike Braun (R-Indiana) has introduced a disapproval resolution under the Congressional Review Act—a key mechanism for Congress to overturn a federal agency rule that oversteps what has been authorized in law. To invalidate the vaccine mandate, the House and Senate will need to pass the resolution within 60 legislative calendar days after OSHA delivers its rule. If a joint disapproval resolution is enacted, the mandate is null and void and cannot be reissued in the future.
  1. During floor consideration of a continuing resolution (CR) to avert a government shutdown this week, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) offered an amendment to prohibit the use of federal funds for implementing or enforcing Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The amendment failed on a 50-50 party line vote—short of the 60 needed for adoption. This put every U.S. Senator on record on the question so citizens can know where their Senators stand.
  1. On the House side, Reps. Claudia Tenney (R-New York) and Jim Banks (R-Indiana) introduced the Health Freedom for All Act to clarify that under existing law, OSHA lacks the authority to enact a rule requiring Americans to undergo vaccinations or testing. This bill would prohibit the Secretary of Labor from implementing an emergency rule and require OSHA to follow the full federal rule making process, which includes a public comment period for review and feedback.

Public health must always be balanced with individual freedom. You may view CWALAC’s full statement on the Biden vaccine mandate here. CWALAC will continue to monitor Congressional efforts to block executive overreach and protect the conscience rights of Americans.