Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott introduces bill to ban vaccine passports on domestic flights: GOP steps up bid to end need for vaccination proof if country reopens
- TSA would be banned from enforcing vaccine passports
- Feds have ‘nothing to do with travelers having to hand over their personal medical information to catch a flight’
- Comes after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said government was ‘looking into’ the issue
- He said that every passport ‘should be accessible to everyone and that no one loses their rights’
- Some GOP governors have taken steps to ban private companies from requiring vaccination certificate
- Comes as the government races to get 70 percent of Americans a vaccine
Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott introduced legislation this week banning the Transportation Security Agency from using “vaccine passports” on domestic flights.
“Americans are working hard to recover from the devastation of COVID-19 and travel is critical to fully reopening our economy,” Scott said in a statement.
“While I continue to encourage anyone who wants a vaccine to get the vaccine, the federal government has nothing to do with mandating travelers to provide their personal medical information to catch a flight.”
Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) has introduced a bill banning the Transportation Security Agency from using ‘vaccine passports’
He said his “Freedom to Fly” law, which he introduced Tuesday, “ensures families in Florida and across the country that they can travel freely and without the ridiculous government bureaucracy created by vaccine passports.”
The bill would affect all passengers on U.S. flights if it passed the Democratic House and Senate.
It states that it does not limit the power of the Centers for Disease Control to “issue guidelines or prescribe regulations related to public health.”
The pressure comes as the Biden administration pushes to try to meet the president’s goal of having 70 percent of Americans vaccinated with at least one shot by July 4, at a time when polls show greater hesitation in the Republicans and the Americans in the countryside.
There is no indication that the TSA is preparing to demand vaccine passports – although Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said last week the government is looking at the issue “closely”, leading the GOP to fear passports are in the works.
“We’re looking at that very closely,” he told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Proposal to ban government from enforcing vaccine passports comes after Americans flocked to airports
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has repeatedly said the federal government was not developing vaccine passports
“You know, one of our principles that has guided us through this pandemic is the value of diversity, equality and inclusion and making sure that every passport we issue for vaccinations is accessible to everyone and that no one loses their rights,” he added. he to it. “And so we’re looking at that very closely,” he said.
The move comes amid a growing clash over whether private companies or institutions can demand proof of vaccination as governors lift restrictions imposed due to COVID-19.
In Scott state, Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential presidential candidate, signed a vaccine passport ban in April that not only banned the government from issuing “vaccine passports” or passes, but also banned private companies from demanding vaccination certificates.
About half of Americans have received one shot, with about 40 percent fully vaccinated — although vaccines are still not approved for children under 12.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in April the administration would not support a system that “requires Americans to carry ID.” She said there would be no federal database or mandate — and said the government would protect privacy rights if the private sector moves to vaccine requirements. He has repeatedly said that the US would play no role in preparing a passport, although it has not ruled out private efforts.
Last week, Indiana University withdrew from requiring students and teachers to provide proof of vaccination.