Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) has unveiled seven pieces of legislation that would block all current and future government COVID-19 mandates, according to The Daily wire. The bill is co-sponsored by Sens. James Lankford (R-OK), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mike Braun (R-IN), Rick Scott (R-FL) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
Cruz revealed that the legislation would protect the constitutional right of all Americans, adding that President Joe Biden “cannot change his mind as the political winds blow.” Cruz blasted Biden for declaring the pandemic over but continues to wield power granted during the pandemic.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 1, 2023
“He (Biden) continues to desire draconian restrictions and mandates for the American people,” Cruz told The Daily Wire. “Congress must step up and outright ban these mandates. We cannot allow the unprecedented actions taken by the federal government to set a new normal in which politicians and unelected bureaucrats force mandates upon the American people at the drop of a hat — all under the justification of protecting public health.”
One of the pieces of legislation, titled the Doss’s Act or The GIVE LIFE Act, was named after a teenage Texan who was denied a kidney transplant because he wasn’t vaccinated. This bill would prohibit healthcare workers from denying individuals from receiving or donating organs based on their vaccination status.
The No Vaccine Passports Act would prevent the federal government from establishing COVID-19 passports or working with any domestic or global entity that establishes its own vaccine passport.
Another legislation, titled the Ending Discrimination in COVID-19 Treatments Act, would mandate that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) require that healthcare providers do not engage in any discriminatory practices such as considering someone’s race, color, religion, political ideology, national origin, religion, age, disability, vaccination status, veteran status or speech when allocating COVID-19 treatments.
The Parental Rights Protection Act prohibits the vaccination of minors without the consent of their parents or guardians. The bill would also prevent recipients of federal funds, the Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services, from establishing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate affecting children.
Cruz also introduced the No Vaccine Mandates Act, which will impose civil penalties for any who vaccinate a patient without their consent.
At the peak of the virus, mask mandates became a hotly contested topic nationwide. Some of Cruz’s legislation aims to eradicate all mask mandates. The No Mask Mandates Act would prohibit all future mask mandates on public property or public transportation. The bill will also prevent taxpayer funds from being used to enforce any federal mask mandate.
Finally, the Let Them Learn Act would protect students at Washington, D.C. public schools from the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Schools in D.C. have vaccine mandates preventing school childred from 12 to 15 years of age from attending in-person learning.