In order to access any indoor Washington, D.C. facility, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s rules demanding evidence of vaccination as well as masks are set to take effect on Saturday. However, a measure introduced by 20 House Republicans would prevent that from happening.
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida presented the one-page measure on Wednesday, calling the “unconstitutional order” put on companies and consumers “unenforceable.” The law states that the “unconstitutional order” “shall have no force or effect.”
According to Gaetz, “this bill is a direct reaction to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s unlawful edict requiring businesses and other institutions to require evidence of vaccination for admission starting on January 15, 2022,” he stated in a statement.
Trader Joe's workers at Union Market tell me management instructed them NOT to enforce DC's mask mandate.
Consequently, some fear exposure/infection. And the grocery chain offers just 3 days of paid COVID leave. https://t.co/kkrOyj1c2A
— Amanda Michelle Gomez (@amanduhgomez) January 10, 2022
People at DC's need to do this too, mine had 86 cases in December alone, mask mandate isn't enforced, no vaccine mandate, no covered or offered boosters, quarantine reduced from 2 weeks to one https://t.co/wb5oC46WPf
— Matt (@matt_boringaf) January 12, 2022
Despite the fact that the bill had 19 initial co-sponsors, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has the final say on which proposals are brought to the floor of the House. Furthermore, getting a law passed by the House and Senate, as well as having President Joe Biden sign it before Saturday, seems to be a difficult task.
The District of Columbia is one of several places around the country that is seeing a huge increase in coronavirus infections as the rapidly spreading Omicron strain sweeps through.
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