House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Kentucky), Subcommittee on the Environment Ranking Member Ralph Norman (R-South Carolina), and Committee Republicans are calling on Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to withdraw her order requiring vaccination for anyone 12 and older to enter most indoor establishments.
“We write to express our concern about the vaccine mandate you issued requiring proof of coronavirus vaccination for entry into most indoor premises in the District of Columbia. Like the Democrat lockdowns of 2020, the latest left-wing vaccine passport fad will not prevent the virus from spreading. This sweeping mandate, however, will harm the District’s economic recovery and lock many Americans out of their capital city. We urge you to withdraw the Order,”Rep. James Comer, Rep. Ralph Norman, and Committee Members
Mayor Bowser's mandate is set to take effect on Jan. 15 and does not allow exemptions for negative test results, or for those who have natural immunity from a previous coronavirus infection.
The mandate doesn't take into account the fact that vast numbers of fully-vaccinated Americans are getting infected with Covid-19, that studies show their viral load does not differ from unvaccinated people who get sick, and that they are a major source of spread of infection.
In a letter, the lawmakers write:
“This is another draconian measure against children—a group that has unfairly suffered at the hands of liberal educators and the institutions they serve throughout this pandemic. In particular, school groups visiting D.C. will be prohibited from taking advantage of our nation’s treasures. By requiring anyone over the age of twelve to present proof of vaccination to enter most indoor establishments in the District, students who are not vaccinated will be prohibited from eating at restaurants, meeting indoors for conferences, enjoying entertainment venues, and more. All Americans, especially our youth, should be welcomed to the District, but your sweeping mandate locks them out of their capital city.”
Read full letter to Mayor Bowser here.