House Republicans file legislation to end COVID-19 vaccination requirement for international air travelers

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – A group of eight House Republicans have introduced legislation to end a federal mandate requiring foreign air travelers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering the United States. House bill HR 185 was filed by Representative Thomas Massie and seven GOP co-sponsors on January 9.

While COVID-19 vaccination requirements have been dropped in much of the world, America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ordered on April 7, 2022, that foreign travelers entering the US must be vaccinated. “The CDC order prohibits international travelers from entering the country unless they first show proof of COVID-19 vaccination,” a press release on Massie’s website reads.

Under the terms of HR 185, no federal funds may be used to “administer, implement, or enforce the air travel vaccination requirement for foreign travelers.”

In a statement explaining the need for the bill, Massie said: “If you watched C-SPAN last week, you saw 434 Members of Congress gathered in the Capitol screaming, yelling, cheering, and speaking. Many of these members are unvaccinated, and many haven’t taken boosters.”

“So, why do we subject visitors who want to see their families to this COVID-19 double standard? The CDC’s unscientific mandate is separating too many people from their families and has been doing so for far too long. It needs to end,” Massie said.

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