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Marsha Blackburn Proposes Measure to Protect Employees From COVID Mandates

Marsha Blackburn Proposes Measure to Protect Employees From COVID Mandates

Unabashedly outspoken Senator Marsha Blackburn has proposed a measure that would protect employees from being forced to comply with vaccine mandates.

Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has rolled out a new measure to protect the nation’s essential workers from being penalized or fired if they refuse to get vaccinated. The legislation titled “Keeping Our COVID-19 Heroes Employed Act” was issued earlier this week and is co-sponsored by fellow Republican senators across several states.

Blackburn voiced her support for essential workers who have risked their lives for Americans throughout waves of the pandemic and issued the measure to provide an exemption for dedicated workers who oppose the shot.

“Throughout the pandemic, one group stood above the rest. They walked into work every day to ensure that Americans could survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Their efforts kept America running, kept this country humming. And across the country, these individuals were honored as the heroes of our time. They were deemed the essential workers,” said Blackburn.

This bill comes after Joe Biden issued a nationwide vaccine mandate for essential workers, giving them until Dec. 8 to get inoculated. Blackburn and her fellow constituents believe we should be celebrating and praising the workers for their heroism instead of “punishing them for exercising their individual health freedoms.”

President Biden should be doing everything possible to encourage Americans to show up to work. Instead, Biden’s plan is to implement a vaccine mandate that could force countless Americans to be fired. In a recent survey by the Tennessee Chamber, 76% of Tennessee businesses opposed the federal government dictating vaccination protocols to businesses.

Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Tommy Tuberville (R- Ala.), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) joined Senator Blackburn in introducing the legislation.

“Essential workers have honorably served in hospitals, public safety, schools, and more throughout the pandemic, but now their livelihoods are threatened because of their vaccination status,” Senator Inhofe said. “I am proud to co-sponsor the Keeping Our COVID-19 Heroes Employed Act so that hardworking men and women can continue serving in Oklahoma and around the nation without the fear of being fired because of the Biden administration’s heavy-handed, out-of-touch national mandate. The decision to get the vaccine should be made individually – not mandated by the federal government.”

Meanwhile, several politicians and business owners are backing the senator and thanking her for fighting against the mandate that could potentially lead to more layoffs amid the current supply chain crisis.

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  1. Joseph S. Bruder

    Your title exposes the difference between Democrats and Republicans – real leaders would be protecting the public against COVID, not mandates. Real leaders try to protect the population, and work with health authorities to contain outbreaks and reduce suffering. Blackburn’s bill could just as easily be called the “Allow Infected Workers to Spread COVID Act” or the “Let’s infect as many people as possible to make Biden look bad Act”. It’s just horrible and disgusting that Republicans are TRYING to kill as many people as possible.

    As for the effects of mandates, it’s not so bad. Out of 17,000 fire and police personnel in NYC, just 35 had to be fired because they ignored the mandate, and the vaccination rate is over 99%. The public is safer because of the mandates, and like it or not, the employees are safer too. A small percentage didn’t want to be vaccinated, but a much larger share of the workforce had to work with idiot coworkers who didn’t care about spreading disease.

    Meanwhile, Blackburn is supported by “several” politicians and business owners (to me, that means she has 3 or 4 supporters among her fellow legislators and friends) – and “meanwhile” businesses all across the US can use Biden’s mandates as cover for their own mandate policies. It is disruptive and wastes time and money when workers are not vaccinated and have to take several weeks off for COVID, and it’s even more disruptive when employees die from a completely preventable disease. Real leaders don’t mind taking a little heat to cover for companies that need an excuse to justify doing what’s best for their businesses and employees.

    It’s really shameful that PBP continues to push the Trump/Republican anti-mask anti-vax pro-death stance. Republicans have completely abdicated their leadership roles by pushing people towards illness and death for political gain.

    • Dan Tyree

      Your so called “real leader “ is a moron

  2. Rat Wrangler

    While the evidence is not clear cut and easy to understand, it may be that the vaccines are performing only marginally better than the social distancing and masks used before the vaccines were released. If that is the case, then why not have everyone that turns down the vaccine to continue masking and distancing in the workplace? Even today, vaccinated people in many businesses still wear masks when dealing with the public. It would cause some inconvenience to some, and businesses may rearrange job duties depending on vaccination status, but a lot of jobs went on before the vaccine, and there is no reason why they cannot continue without it, with certain caveats.

    • Frank stetson

      Rat, that is not what the Global medical communities believe.

      The CDC says unvaccinated 6 times more likely to be infected; 11 times more likely to die.

      UK says similar.

      Israel says more.

      Other countries agree. However, in China, due to authoritarian rule, they have proved that you can be correct. Of course, they close down entire cities for just a single case. I am sure that is not the masking and distancing that you want.

      There’s even data out there that purports that the vaccines are even better than natural immunity as in after you get the virus.

      At this point, it is pretty obvious, according to the data, according to the experts, that anyone he does not get the vaccine is putting themselves unnecessary risk, but worse yet, he’s putting the rest of us at unnecessary risk as well. Even the vaccinated will be put at additional risk because these fools won’t get the shot. In the United States, we mostly leave it up to personal responsibility to decide whether or not to get the shot. Unvaccinated people are clearly irresponsible.

    • Joseph S. Bruder

      If you think that use of social distancing and masks is >90% effective… are you doing that consistently every time you leave your house? And if you aren’t, or you think masks and social distancing are less effective than that, why would you choose a 2% risk of DYING (not just catching COVID) when you could get a vaccine that not only reduces your chances of getting COVID to less than 10%, but also reduces your risk of dying from COVID to something like 1 out of 100,000?

      Oh, FREEDUMB… (no offense to people who can’t speak!)… Let’s call it “Freedom to be STUPID”.

  3. Robert

    So the vaccine that is not a vaccine, which, does not prevent you from getting Covid, or prevent you from being a carrier, so explain again the value of a mandate? it seems a mask mandate might be more in order, since wearing one seems to have more agreement on effectiveness at preventing transmission, and given those facts I cannot support a vaccine mandate which infringes on everyones medical privacy, and drives people to loose jobs, not go to restaurants, not travel, not shop in stores. None of these outcomes helps anyone, just adds to the chaos our world is in, or maybe that was the president’s desired outcome.

    • Joseph S. Bruder

      Except you’re 100% wrong about the vaccine not protecting against COVID. The rest of your arguments fall apart when you take away that first lie.

  4. Frank stetson

    Do both.

    The facts on the vax are really good. It’s safe, it works, it prevents lots of hospitalization and death.

    Do vaccinated get breakthroughs. yes. Especially in areas where the unvaccinated are numerous and walk amongst us. But it is fairly rare. Take Aaron Rodgers. He’s vaccinated and he got it, a breakthrough. But look at his lifestyle, his teammates can be unvaccinated, the fans in the stadium can be unvaccinated, neither will be wearing mask, so he is vaccinated but also exhibiting a more risky behavior. Still, the numbers of vaccinated football players that have breakers is a number that’s in the noise

    Do the vaccinated get hospitalized. Even more rare than vaccinated breakthroughs.

    Do the vaccinated die. Once in a blue moon, usually either very old, immuno compromised, or both. Like Colin Powell.

    But, most days when the 1600 die, none are vaccinated.

    There are no politics here; really, the answer is pretty much available either from the CDC, the medical community, or your own doctor. At this point it’s pretty obvious, the shot works, the shot is safe, get the shot if you love yourself and your country.

  5. Frank stetson

    Delta plus is coming to a state near you.

    Get vaccinated or get it; which gives you a better chance of survival? (Do I hear Jeopardy music? )

    Gee, how many cities, firehouses,, police stations, or hospitals closed down due to mandates? NONE I think. NYC has like a .09% dropout due to antivax. It appears the mandates are working.

    Speaking of mandates, wonder who’s Dan doing this weekend? He’s not anti Black you know, he told us so. He’s just antivax.

    • HenRy adkins

      Frank you must have a man crush on Dan. Forget it. Stick with Joseph

  6. Frank stetson

    Meanwhile, in breaking news on Covid, Cancun Ted Cruz calls out Bird for promoting government propaganda by telling kids to get the vaccine because Big Bird has been getting vaccines ever since he was a little bird And has been spreading public health messages for over three decades. Apparently, Ted does not believe in public health messages. I say give to the bird. Didn’t know Larry spread propaganda, but Ted thinks he does.

    Next, Ted will pluck Eddie Eagle that gun safety propaganda from the Russian government propaganda outlet called the NRA. “ birds of a feather” said Ted.

    In order to fight against government propaganda over public health and safety messaging Ted is writing a new law that would allow concealed carry while taking opioids and drunk driving. Known as guns, opioids, drunk driving or GODD’s Law, Cancun Cruz wants to repeal all ads for seat belts, cigarettes,

    Ted’s latest message to kids on covid: “kids, do what I do, just run away. Pack your bags and just run to a safer country like Mexico.”

    Note: the previous post is a public safety message and should never be taken seriously. It is for the birds.

    Ted, grow up. You were a joke, now you’re not even funny.