UPDATED 10:43 AM PT – Friday, October 29, 2021
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has rolled out a new measure to protect the nation’s essential workers from being penalized or fired if they refuse to get vaccinated. The legislation titled “Keeping Our COVID-19 Heroes Employed Act” was issued earlier this week and is co-sponsored by fellow Republican senators across several states.
Blackburn voiced her support for essential workers who have risked their lives for Americans throughout waves of the pandemic and issued the measure to provide exemption for dedicated workers who oppose the shot.
“Throughout the pandemic, one group stood above the rest. They walked into work every day to ensure that Americans could survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Their efforts kept America running, kept this country humming. And across the country, these individuals were honored as the heroes of our time. They were deemed the essential workers,” said Blackburn.
Biden’s COVID vaccine mandates will leave communities without enough police officers, firefighters and doctors to keep Americans safe. #KeepOurCOVIDHeroesEmployed
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) October 29, 2021
This bill comes after Joe Biden issued a nationwide vaccine mandate for essential workers, giving them until Dec. 8 to get inoculated. Blackburn and her fellow constituents believe we should be celebrating and praising the workers for their heroism instead of “punishing them for exercising their individual health freedoms.”
Meanwhile, several politicians and business owners are backing the senator and thanking her for fighting against the mandate that could potentially lead to more layoffs amid the current supply chain crisis.