GOP calls on President Biden to reverse vaccine mandates over concerns it will ‘disrupt airline operations’

Top GOP House lawmakers on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee called on Biden, Thursday, to reverse his vaccine mandates and warned it could have adverse effects on the airline industry.

In a letter obtained by Fox News to the president, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., and Aviation Subcommittee ranking member Garret Graves, R-La., expressed “serious concerns” over White House pressure on U.S. airlines. “The administration’s decision to target passenger air carrier employees for COVID-19 vaccine mandates and encourage their firing should they not comply has no basis in any COVID-related statute passed by Congress,” the pair wrote.

“This unilateral mandate and arbitrary deadline will serve only to disrupt airline operations and increase the likelihood for canceled flights, upsetting holiday plans for thousands of Americans, many of whom have not seen their families since the start of the pandemic,” they added.

The letter comes after reports surfaced last week suggesting the White House was putting added pressure on top airlines to enforce a vaccine mandate for all employees. Last month, an executive order was signed requiring all workers in the executive branch to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. But in addition, Biden signed an order that requires businesses with more than 100 workers to mandate coronavirus vaccinations.

The congressmen took further issue with the potential for mass firings if airline workers refuse to get vaccinated. The transportation committee members pointed to the “hundreds” of United Airlines employees who have been terminated just months after Congress spent billions to keep their jobs afloat during the pandemic. 

“Congress, recognizing that a thriving airline industry is vital to the economy and national defense of the United States, provided approximately $54 billion in passenger air carrier employee support since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” they said, adding it was an unfair standard to hold airlines to (Fox News).




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