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Leading Republicans Decry Biden’s “Vaccine Passports” Proposal

Leading Republicans Decry Biden’s “Vaccine Passports” Proposal

Resist: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vows to nix ‘vaccine passports’ via executive order.

https://youtu.be/T4fkxqEO_WM

Yesterday, I reported that the current administration is working to develop “vaccine passports,” which would allow individuals to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination as cities and states begin to emerge from lockdowns.

Leading Republicans wasted no time decrying this idea, citing government overreach as an overarching concern.

Considering that Democrats want to require vaccine IDs for people to conduct their basic daily activities, they now have zero grounds to object to voter ID laws,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise told Fox News.

“If under Democrat logic, you should need an ID to enter even a grocery store, surely there wouldn’t be an objection to showing an ID to legally vote.”

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan called out Biden’s administration pursuing the passports for Americans who want to engage in day to day activities, while it “doesn’t seem to care about passports when it comes to illegal migrants crossing the southern border.”

“Vaccine credentials would be a complete government overstep. Individuals in America have a personal responsibility for their health,” Rep. Pete Sessions told Fox News.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says that he will take executive action to stop using so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports” in the state.

“It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society,” he said.

“You want the fox to guard the henhouse? I mean, give me a break,” the Republican governor added. “I think this is something that has huge privacy implications. It is not necessary to do.”

DeSantis said the Sunshine State will have vaccinated a total of 3.5 million seniors or about 75 percent of them sometime this week.

“It’s important to be able to do it, but at the same time, we are not going to have you provide proof of this just to be able to live your life normally,” DeSantis said.

It appears that the initial reports about the vaccine passport published by The Washington Post may have been a trial balloon, as Team Biden is currently walking back any indication that it intends to spearhead such an effort. The balloon was made of lead.

White House officials said that the push for vaccine passports should come from the private sector and that the federal government won’t take the lead in creating a centralized document proving vaccination.

The U.S. government “is not viewing its role as the place to create a passport, nor a place to hold the data of citizens,” Andy Slavitt, a White House Covid-19 adviser, said Monday in a briefing.

…Slavitt said there is a segment of the U.S. population that would be concerned if the government plays “too heavy-handed of a role” in monitoring vaccinations. However, he said federal officials will lead an interagency process to ensure “important criteria” around data privacy and data security are met.

Here’s hoping that this is the beginning of a very robust #ResistBiden movement.

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We have never had Soviet-style “Internal Passports” in this country. The mere thought that they would be sanctioned by the U.S. Government and administered by arguably anti-American big tech companies with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party for use in the country should tell us just how close our constitutional republic is to eradication.

As pointed out elsewhere, that the Neo-Communists now in charge would embrace this but violently oppose Voter ID and other election integrity measures speaks volumes.

    FiftycalTX2 in reply to Idonttweet. | March 30, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Can’t they just put an app on your phone? Everyone over the age of 6 carries one everywhere anyway and NSA tracks the metadata anyway. The nanny state already knows where you are 98% of the time. They just want 100%.

      Edward in reply to FiftycalTX2. | March 31, 2021 at 9:18 am

      You mean you don’t remove the battery from your cell phone? My wife keeps telling me I need to keep it with me so I can use it as a computer. I tell her it’s a telephone without a cord and I really don’t need one very often.

1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000^

“White House officials said that the push for vaccine passports should come from the private sector …”

There is no “walking back” here. Stay tuned for part 2 where some company comes up with a proposal and 10 blue states go to the federal government saying, “Would you please use some of that relief money to help us pay for this?”

Then the administration will claim not to be implementing vaccine passports at all, just helping the country do what it wants to do.

Watch for it!

Our Gangster Governor Cuomo already has a system ready to roll. The blatantly racist impact of the Excelsior Pass seems lost on the Social Justice crowd.

Which ethnic group has the most legitimate reason for vaccine hesitance? The same group that will be blocked from participating in normal life by the Excelsior Pass.

    Speaking as a Western New Yorker, Andy can blow that Excelsior crap right out his arse.

      mark311 in reply to UJ. | March 31, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      Storm in a tea cup, seems like a vaccine passport is a practical way to allow those who can show they have been vaccinated to participate in more stuff prior to the end of restrictions. How it’s implemented is a thorny issue it’s true but has scope.

      I find the Republican logic weird

      “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society,” he said.

      This statement seems to run counter to voter ID laws as a basic point of principle

        The vaccine passport is a non-starter. It automatically creates two tiers of citizens: those with the passport who can engage in commerce and recreational activity, and those without, who are barred from commerce and recreational activity. This, alone, is an ethical and moral issue. That you support it merely reinforces my (very low) opinion of you.

        Apart from the class- and race-based socio-cultural stratification inherent in this divisive and evil passport scheme, I need a vaccine passport to buy groceries, to feed my family, but I don’t need any sort of ID at all to vote?!? Only in crazy leftie totalitarian land does that make even an ounce of sense.

          henrybowman in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | April 2, 2021 at 9:35 pm

          “those with the passport who can engage in commerce and recreational activity, and those without, who are barred from commerce and recreational activity.”

          Hey, Mark — ever read Revelations? Does this concept even sound vaguely familiar to you?

        billdyszel in reply to mark311. | April 3, 2021 at 8:38 am

        The digital vaccine passport is the technology platform for enforcing a police state. Vaccine status is just the pretext for implementation. At first, the only named data fields are “vaccinated” and “tested.” If the wrong box is checked, you’re barred from all social and commercial activity. But the ability to name additional data fields to control more opinions and behavior is simple once you’ve rolled out the platform.

        Andrew Cuomo has shut down businesses of people who have insulted him. With Excelsior, Cuomo could instantly bar you from all public activities if you insult Andrew Cuomo. Would he stoop to that? Of course.

        Cuomo has bulled women into sex. He could now “red check” any woman who refuses his advances. Would he do such a thing? It’s already his MO.

        Putting this kind of power in the hands of a bullying degenerate like Cuomo is a recipe for disaster. Why would anyone consider this acceptable for even a second? The fact that many New Yorkers embrace this and ask for more is absolutely chilling.

“Here’s hoping that this is the beginning of a very robust #ResistBiden movement.”

With Republicans using weak words like “concern” and “overreach” and “privacy implications” and “overstep?” Resistance is a force. Weenie words are theater for the deplorables but this is not resistance. They remind me of the Washington Generals basketball team.

Dear Mr. Scalise,
voter ID laws?
The Marxists (masquerading as Democrats) will be handing their voters ID cards (citizens or not) plus a $100 bill to vote the “proper” way just outside the polling place

The Friendly Grizzly | March 30, 2021 at 6:04 pm

Much harrumphing from Republicans. Then, they will lend overwhelming support to any bill introduced.

Count on it.

White House officials said that the push for vaccine passports should come from the private sector and that the federal government won’t take the lead in creating a centralized document proving vaccination.

This is the same dodge that the Left used to implement censorship of anything contrary to their narrative. It’s not the government doing it, you see, it’s just private companies exercising their right to do business as they see fit. There are no laws stopping them from doing it (and there won’t be, as long as the Left is in charge).

    Ohio Historian in reply to CorkyAgain. | March 30, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    “White House Officials” also said it is their “policy” to test all illegals before they release them to the US interior. But they don’t. So tell me how you can believe what the “White House says”?

    Edward in reply to CorkyAgain. | March 31, 2021 at 9:21 am

    For some reason I’m unable to upvote your comment, yet I can reply. Go figure.

      Ohio Historian in reply to Edward. | March 31, 2021 at 2:03 pm

      It is my being deemed an “unperson” because I questioned the WH. /sarc off Or there was a software bug somewhere.

        henrybowman in reply to Ohio Historian. | April 2, 2021 at 9:37 pm

        Actually, he was trying to upvote Corky, and could not because any posting that begins with a blockquote causes “numb thumbs.”

Ohio Historian | March 30, 2021 at 7:17 pm

If I have had the virus, “they” claim I need a mask because I can still be a carrier. So the vaccine protects only me (and transmission to others is not protected). So if I am in an airplane, etc, the vaccine is irrelevant. So all of this is an internal passport false flag.

Do other people find it amazing that no one can take my word for it if I am non-contagious to get on an airplane, but that all you need is my word that I am a citizen to vote under HR-1?

    This is strictly anecdotal,, but a friend and neighbor received the vaccine, and tested positive a while afterwards. Some people have suggested that the vaccine might trigger a positive test, IDK myself.. But,,now his surgery is delayed, surgery he needs after a late stage cancer diagnosis. So the vaccine to protect him, may have resulted in serious harm… SMH

      Ohio Historian in reply to amwick. | March 31, 2021 at 8:15 am

      The only source I can figure out where my wife and I were exposed at the same time was to her Father and sister who had received the vaccine about 4-5 days earlier from our multi-day visit. I don’t see it as one of us carrying to the other since the onset for her was within 24 hours of mine. Not usually how virus transmission works.

Antifundamentalist | March 30, 2021 at 7:29 pm

We already have Federal laws AGAINST this kind of thing. This is a clear violation of HIPPA rights.

    I haven’t noticed anybody caring abut HIPPA. Here in Palm Beach county claiming an exemption to the county’s mask order (or the passports, should those happen) gets you exactly nowhere, except perhaps on a ride to jail should you remain recalcitrant. The county’s summary fines for allowing unmasked individuals on the premises scares them more than you do.

    Ohio Historian in reply to Antifundamentalist. | March 31, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Surely you jest. With Becerra and Levine in charge of the administrative state that administers DHHS which owns HIPAA, you think a little thing like a law will stop them?

OwenKellogg-Engineer | March 30, 2021 at 8:27 pm

Sounds like these so-called passports might be a HIPAA violation….just wondering out loud.

Biden wants all large businesses to require the passports. Killing off small businesses with the lockdowns makes this much easier to do. It’s dictionary-definition fascism. Only a matter of time before Biden or Harris orders an actual social credit system like China’s.

As for DeSantis, it isn’t as if he can do anything about it. Federal mask and vaccine rules govern airports and train stations so nobody in FL is going anywhere by mass transportation, and no tourists are coming to Florida, without proof of a jab.

    henrybowman in reply to randian. | March 31, 2021 at 3:22 am

    God bless my RV. Haven’t taken mass transpo of any sort fo 20 years. Visit Florida regularly.
    Go Galt.

    Edward in reply to randian. | March 31, 2021 at 9:25 am

    I retired in 1997. Since retirement I have not used Amtrak, nor any intercity bus service. I have flown once = to attend my brother’s funeral. I only had the one sibling, and both parents are long gone, so if I can’t drive there I don’t need to go there.

Aww, cmon man. Who could be against something that would be considered perfectly normal in Nazi Germany?

    Ohio Historian in reply to Ironclaw. | March 31, 2021 at 8:23 am

    That is why HR-1 is so contrary to the rest of their approaches. We lock down on masks and travel in the name of the virus, but open up voting for anyone who can say “Allu Akbar, I am a citizen”. There is going to be something to show up in HR-1 that if you ever doubted the mask, then you are on a “no-vote” list. Felons, illegals, and the cemeteries will vote, but We, the People that doubt mask and vaccines will be prohibited.

      billdyszel in reply to Ohio Historian. | March 31, 2021 at 9:20 am

      HR-1 isn’t contrary to their purpose. It’s all part of the same strategy for gaining and exercising total power. HR-1 legalizes widespread vote fraud, which lets them acquire the power to impose restrictive controls over every aspect of each citizen’s life.

      Don’t make the mistake of expecting the left to act on principle. And don’t be mislead by propaganda about fairness, equality, health, or safety. It’s all about absolute power. Everything else is misdirection.

        CorkyAgain in reply to billdyszel. | March 31, 2021 at 12:54 pm

        Question for the legal scholars and lawyers here: can HR-1 pass constitutional muster?

          Ohio Historian in reply to CorkyAgain. | March 31, 2021 at 2:10 pm

          After what you saw about PA and this last election, do you care? The PA Secretary of State violated the state Constitution. The courts in PA upheld that robbery of authority, and their Supreme Court approved it. SCOTUS declined to hear it thanks to the pusillanimity of John Roberts.

          henrybowman in reply to CorkyAgain. | April 2, 2021 at 9:41 pm

          Sure, because of the Goldilocks Election Law rule, it will never be challenged.
          This challenge is too early! This challenge is too late! This challenge is just right, but since nothing has happened yet, you don’t have standing!

        Ohio Historian in reply to billdyszel. | March 31, 2021 at 2:07 pm

        My comment was to their approach, not to their purpose. There approach is to shut down guns, free association and movement, discussion, dissension,, and religion. They want to open up voting to young skulls full of mush, anyone who claims to be a citizen, and felons. I know that is because it benefits them. It is, however, a change from restrictive of rights to non-restrictive of rights.

Someone standing at the grocery store door asking “Ihre Papiere, bitte” is just so American these days.

Having private companies censor political speech, no worries about silly old First Amendment issues, worked so well for the Socialist/Communist Party that they see this Internal Passport program as a natural next step.

The government can’t require you to accept the injection and the government can’t prohibit your entry to a grocery store without an internal passport, but the government can “support” private grocery companies in demanding your internal passport/medical information to enter their store. And the resulting pressure, when added to companies requiring an internal passport to go to work, should be enough pressure to force most people to do what the government wishes without the government even once stepping on the Constitution.

    CorkyAgain in reply to Edward. | March 31, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    And you can bet that most if not all of the companies who have supported cancel culture or have folded under its pressure will require these vaccine passports when they get complaints from those same activists and other mask mandaters.

    Again, there will be no laws preventing them from doing so. Isn’t free enterprise grand?

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