15 governors launch “Operation Open Road” as they fight federal vaccine mandates.
As it becomes clear that the Biden administration will take no responsibility for any problem it creates, governors across the nation are joining forces to challenge policies and fix problems created by inept officials.
For example, 15 Republican governors, including Georgia’s Brian Kemp and Tennessee’s Bill Lee, have joined together to launch an initiative to address the continuing supply chain crisis.
The group of governors has launched Operation Open Road, which addresses transportation issues that have stalled goods nationally. There is a shortage of more than 80,000 truck drivers, which the group said is an “all-time high” for the trucking industry.
The GOP state leaders have asked President Joe Biden to lower the age requirement for commercial truck drivers from 21 years old to 18 years old. They also want Biden to suspend his private sector COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees, specifically in the trucking and transportation industry.
The Republican governors asked the administration to revise federal policies that hinder or limit domestic manufacturing of “essential” transportation equipment, such as trucks and tractor-trailers. The governors also want the administration to limit spending that could raise taxes or increase inflation.
The group has pointed to research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that shows a small adjustment, such as 12 minutes of additional road time per day, could significantly address industry strain and improve outcomes for a short-staffed industry.
“If we can get government out of the way, our trucking industry can safely do what it does best: move,” the governors wrote. “Our state economies are on the rise, and Operation Open Roads will help reinforce America’s economic comeback.”
The governors are also pushing back against the vaccine mandates that Team Biden is eager to implement.
U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, also condemned the vaccine mandate in recent comments on the floor of the U.S. Senate, describing the chaos the mandate is creating in the workforce. Lankford noted that roughly 80 percent of individuals age 12 and up are now vaccinated, and many others have natural immunity because they have recovered from COVID-19.
“The administration has laid down their own law to say if Americans do not get the vaccine, those 20 percent left that haven’t got the vaccine that are 12 years old or older, if they don’t get the vaccine, this administration is going to find some way for them to lose their job, which for many people will also mean lose their insurance, lose their pension, and sometimes lose their home,” Lankford said. “But the President’s response is, ‘I don’t care.’”
There is now a standoff between Oklahoma’s governor and the Pentagon over a coronavirus vaccine mandate for troops.
Oklahoma’s newly appointed adjutant general for the National Guard, Brig. Gen. Thomas H. Mancino, announced last week on behalf of Gov. Kevin Stitt that guardsmen in the state would not be required to get a Covid-19 vaccine. The policy defies a Pentagon directive issued in August that makes vaccination mandatory for all troops, including the National Guard, by deadlines set by each service branch.
“The order I issued came directly from the governor. That is the lawful order to the men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard,” General Mancino said in an interview, adding that he had been vaccinated.
Pentagon officials said on Wednesday that failure to follow “valid medical readiness requirements” could “jeopardize” the status of service members, who could face dismissal or other punishment.
As Biden’s poll numbers continue to tank, more governors may be willing to join the New Resistance.DONATE
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