Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth today released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s new federal vaccine mandate:
“President Biden’s federal mandate threatens to take jobs away from Michigan workers and constitutional rights away from parents and families. His flip-flop on mandates and the legal end around he’s using to implement it are going to push people even further away and harden opposition to vaccines. And the angry and disrespectful speech he gave announcing it will do absolutely nothing to bridge the divide and convince hesitant Americans who feel they’re being ignored to get the new shots. In every way, shape and form, this speech was a disaster that will backfire and set this country back.
“Fortunately, the mandate is on shaky legal ground. Just like Biden’s illegal eviction moratorium, this order exceeds his statutory authority and violates the rights of both businesses and private citizens. It will be thrown out. The problem is the Biden eviction fiasco left millions of people in limbo and uncertainty. It put families into disarray. It did far more harm than good. This illegal mandate threatens to do the same thing to local businesses and Michigan workers. That is why we are exploring every option now – both in the courts and in the Capitol – to see how we can avoid that fate and protect people from the president’s action.”
Michigan House Republicans today detailed a comprehensive plan to support public safety personnel and better protect the people they serve – including an innovative out-of-state recruitment plan to address an officer shortage at local law enforcement agencies.
State legislators from the Michigan House of Representatives invited first responders and military veterans and active duty servicemembers from their local communities to attend the event commemorating the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001 and honoring the first responders and members of the military who fell in the line of duty during the past year.
Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth today called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to remove Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Liza Estlund Olson and give the beleaguered agency new leadership and a new direction. Director Estlund Olson took over after the previous director resigned amid criticism and failure.