SALT LAKE CITY – President J. Stuart Adams and Speaker Brad Wilson release the following statement regarding President Biden’s mandate on COVID-19 vaccines:
“The President’s unilateral decision to force American businesses to mandate COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment grossly exceeds his authority. Not only is this mandate contrary to his previous promises, but this declaration violates the principles and processes that are the bedrock of good government. As elected officials, we will not turn a blind eye to this power grab and will do our part to uphold the principles of separation of powers and individual liberty.
“We reaffirm our continued support for the vaccination effort. Vaccines have proven to be the most effective measure we can take to reduce the strain on our hospitals and save lives. However, requiring employers to force these decisions upon their employees is not the proper role of government and should not become the new precedent.”
The Utah Senate and House Majority Caucuses are taking the following actions:
- Supporting Attorney General Sean Reyes as he works with other states to pursue legal action against the federal government.
- Encouraging Governor Spencer Cox to reject these new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements as allowed under the emergency temporary standard process.
- Preparing to respond quickly with legislation once an official rule is released.
- Holding a special Business and Labor Interim Committee hearing to gather feedback from affected employers and employees.