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- President Biden announced on Thursday that private companies that employ more than 100 people will be required to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing.
- All federal employees and contractors must also be fully vaccinated.
- A number of Republican lawmakers are urging companies to “openly rebel” against Biden’s coronavirus plan.
Following President Biden announcing his new plan to combat COVID-19, a number of Republican lawmakers are urging companies to “openly rebel” against it.
Biden announced on Thursday that private companies that employ more than 100 people will be required to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing, and all federal employees and contractors must be fully vaccinated. Federal employees and contractors have 75 days to do so, with limited exceptions for health or religious reasons.
“Those businesses should openly rebel against any such rule,” Texas Rep. Chip Roy (R) tweeted.
Those businesses should openly rebel against any such rule. https://t.co/v52ZNgTrGh— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) September 9, 2021
“Are you people trying to start a full on revolt? Honestly what the hell is wrong with Democrats?” Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R) tweeted. “Leave people the hell alone. This is insanity.”
“I encourage America’s job creators – large and small – to challenge this insane ‘order.’” Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott tweeted. “We cannot allow this unhinged administration to do even more irreparable harm to American workers, businesses and our economy.”
Coronavirus cases in the United States have continued to surge, with almost 300 percent more hospitalized COVID-19 patients over Labor Day weekend compared to a year ago, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Only 53.4 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
"This is not about freedom or personal choice," Biden said in his announcement. "It's about protecting yourself and those around you."
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