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Pa. Rep. Keller pushes effort to nullify Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for business

By: - November 18, 2021 10:57 am

The U.S. Capitol. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/The Virginia Mercury).

(*This story was updated at 11:15 a.m., on Thursday, 11/18/21, to clarify sponsorship of the House resolution. It was further updated at 1:29 p.m. on 11/18/21 to add comment from U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District.) 

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-12th District, and dozens of his fellow Republicans in the U.S. House are pushing an effort to overturn the Biden White House’s vaccine mandate for private employers.

*On Wednesday, the central Pennsylvania lawmaker introduced a resolution nullifying the administration’s order that companies with more than 100 employees require those workers to be fully vaccinated, or show a negative test at least once a week.

“[Two hundred] Republicans in the House & Senate are standing [with] the American people in opposition to Biden’s vaccine mandate on businesses,” Keller wrote on Twitter.  Our Congressional Review Act resolution puts every member of Congress on record: You’re either for this blatant gov’t overreach or you’re against it.”

Taking to Twitter, Keller’s fellow Pennsylvania Republicans lined up in support.

I stood with my colleagues this evening in support of [Keller’s] Congressional Review Act legislation to block Pres. Biden’s misguided, unnecessary and frankly unconstitutional vaccine mandate,” U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-11th District, wrote on Twitter.

“I’m proud to join [Keller] on this bill,” U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District, wrote on Twitter. “Fining employers $14,000 *per violation* will hurt our economic recovery and potentially destroy some companies. We can’t afford to lose more workers and worsen our supply chain problems even more than we’re already seeing.”

U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-3rd District, pushed back against Keller’s effort in an answering tweet:


Here’s the text of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution:

“Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to ‘‘COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard” and such rule shall have no force or effect.”

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.