Bucshon Statement on President Biden’s Vaccine Mandate
Washington, November 4, 2021
Today, Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.-08) issued the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s rule requiring companies with 100 or more employees to have their workers vaccinated by January 4, 2022 or face hefty fines for noncompliance.
“As a physician, I strongly believe that all eligible Americans should protect themselves and their communities by getting a COVID-19 vaccine – unless there are medical contraindications. While I am pro-vaccine, I strongly oppose the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate and believe it should immediately be withdrawn. The mandate may not be constitutional and should be challenged in court. Not only does this mandate further politicize the vaccine and undermine confidence in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, it will also worsen America’s already crippling workforce shortage.
“I have seen firsthand how these shortages are disproportionally affecting rural communities as I travel throughout Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. We are barely keeping our hospitals operational and our long-term care facilities open due to wide-ranging labor shortages. President Biden’s decision today to mandate the vaccine for millions of Americans will only exacerbate our existing workforce shortage and slow our country’s recovery. I firmly believe the government has no role in mandating vaccines for private business employees. President Biden’s vaccine mandate is tone deaf to the larger issues affecting rural America,” said Congressman Bucshon.