Moolenaar Introduces Legislation Blocking Funding for Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

November 4, 2021
Press Release

Congressman John Moolenaar has introduced the No Vaccine Mandate Act to block President Joe Biden from using the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an order that would force employers of more than 100 employees to impose and enforce a vaccine mandate on their employees. Moolenaar's legislation prohibits the Department of Labor from using federal funds to administer a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

“President Biden’s arbitrary COVID vaccine mandate on businesses with 100 or more employees, burdens businesses with the responsibility to pay for expensive tests or force their employees to be vaccinated. There’s simply nothing in the Constitution that allows the federal government to impose this mandate on private businesses and my bill will cut off funding for the Department of Labor to enforce it,” said Moolenaar.

“The American people simply disapprove of President Biden’s handling of the economy, and businesses are struggling with supply chain disruptions, labor shortages, and higher costs for gas and electricity. The last thing businesses need is the federal government burdening them with more costs and making it harder for them to retain and hire workers,” added Moolenaar.

Moolenaar is Michigan’s senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and a member of the Labor-H subcommittee that oversees the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The legislation is cosponsored by 17 Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee, including Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-TX) and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), the ranking member of the House Committee on Rules and the top Republican on the Labor-H subcommittee.

The text of the legislation and a complete list of cosponsors is available here.