Republicans introduce bill to end CDC’s air travel vax mandate

The current mandate punishes people for no apparent reason and with no apparent benefit to public health.

Most COVID-19 restrictions have long since lapsed in the US. But the Centers for Disease Control continues to require, with very narrow exceptions, that all international travelers coming to the US via air travel show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter our country. 

A group of House Republicans wants to consign this mandate to the dustbin.

Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican, just introduced legislation that would override the CDC requirement and prohibit a similar requirement from being reimplemented. His legislation is co-sponsored by Republican Reps. Mary Miller, Ralph Norman, Scott Perry, Bill Posey, Greg Steube, Brian Mast, and Michael Cloud.

“If you watched C-SPAN last week, you saw 434 Members of Congress gathered in the Capitol screaming, yelling, cheering, and speaking. Many of these members are unvaccinated, and many haven’t taken boosters,” Massie said. “So, why do we subject visitors who want to see their families to this COVID-19 double standard?” 

“The CDC’s unscientific mandate is separating too many people from their families and has been doing so for far too long. It needs to end,” the congressman concluded. 

This only seems like common sense. Right now, a negative COVID-19 test is not considered sufficient documentation to enter the US, but being vaccinated is. So, you can test negative and not have COVID but still be denied entrance to the US because they’re worried you might bring in COVID since you’re unvaccinated. How does that make any sense?

What’s more, it’s long been clear that while it still protects against serious illness and death, the COVID-19 vaccine does not stop infection or transmission. So why, exactly, does it matter whether travelers visiting the US are vaccinated or not?

There are many parts of the world where effective COVID-19 vaccines aren’t widely available. The current mandate punishes people from these regions, and those who simply chose not to be vaccinated for personal or medical reasons, for no apparent reason and with no apparent benefit to public health.

Here’s hoping Republicans can get this mandate off the books soon. 

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Brad Polumbo is a libertarian-conservative journalist and co-founder of Based Politics. His work has been cited by top lawmakers such as Senator Rand Paul, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Pat Toomey, Congresswoman Nancy Mace, Congressman Thomas Massie, and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, as well as by prominent media personalities such as Jordan Peterson, Sean Hannity, Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, and Mark Levin. Brad has also testified before the US Senate, appeared on Fox News and Fox Business, and written for publications such as USA Today, National Review, Newsweek, and the Daily Beast. He hosts the Breaking Boundaries podcast and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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