Psaki attacks Greg Abbott and DeSantis for banning vaccine mandates
Jen Psaki says Governor Greg Abbott banned vaccine mandates from “politics”, says the White House will STILL impose rules on companies and says this has nothing to do with labor shortages or the strike in the Southwest
- Biden introduced mandatory vaccination for companies with more than 100 employees in September, but this has not yet come into effect
- On Monday, the Texas governor banned all Covid-19 vaccine mandates for customers or employees by ordinance
- DeSantis, meanwhile, has followed through on a threat against local governments implementing vaccine passports
- He signaled that more protective measures for unvaccinated workers could come
White House press secretary Jen Psaki accused Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas of “putting politics above public health” by banning vaccine mandates.
On Monday, the Texas governor banned all Covid-19 vaccine mandates by executive order after President Biden issued his own executive order calling on employers with over 100 workers to contract the stitches.
“Abbott’s executive order banning mandates, and I also want to take note of Governor DeSantis’ announcement this morning to essentially ban mandate execution, follow a well-known pattern of putting politics above public health.”
When asked why Abbott did this, knowing that federal law replaces the state, Psaki replied in one word: “Politics”.
“I think it’s pretty clear that when you make a decision that is against all of the public health information and data out there, it is based not on what is in the interests of the people you rule, but maybe in yours own policy, “she added when asked to work out.
Over the weekend, Southwest Airlines canceled over 2,000 flights, insisting that they had all been canceled because of the weather.
Angry passengers said they were told at airports that the cancellations were due to Southwest employees walking out in protest of the airline’s decision to enforce COVID-19 vaccinations.
But the airline said it didn’t, saying bad weather had created a ripple effect in Jacksonville, Florida.
Psaki also claimed the cancellations were “completely unrelated to vaccine mandates.”
“In another case of federal transgression, the Biden government is now urging many private institutions to issue COVID-19 vaccine mandates,” wrote Abbot in an executive order.
At least several thousand people have already been released for failing to comply with vaccination regulations.
The governor’s order also, according to the document, replaces any municipal or district mandates that would allow corporations to issue such mandates
He said the mandates “caused work disruptions threatening Texas” in an attempt to recover from the COVID-19 disaster.
Republican governments. Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott have issued orders to defy Biden’s vaccine mandate
In the order, he encouraged residents to get the vaccine, but said it “must always be voluntary for Texans”.
This is the governor’s second executive order to ban vaccine mandates, where he issued such a directive back in July, which also banned mask mandates.
Abbott’s recent order states that “no Texas company” can require any person, including employees or customers, to provide proof of vaccination. He called on state lawmakers to take up the issue in an upcoming special session.
DeSantis noted Wednesday that it could take similar action to prevent vaccine mandates from going into effect by getting workers who refuse to adhere to be fired.
DeSantis had previously issued an order banning vaccine passports and on Tuesday fined Leon County more than $ 3.5 million for violating the ban. DeSantis had threatened local governments with a fine of $ 5,000 per laid-off worker if they tried to clean up the unvaccinated.
Biden enacted the Vaccine Policy last month, but it is still in effect as the Emergency Rule is still being developed by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OSHA). Officials expected it to take several weeks and there was still no update.
“There is no great historical precedent for this, and we want to get it right,” Psaki told reporters on Tuesday, asking why there was a delay.
The White House is now calling on companies to implement mandates themselves.