Ban vaccine mandates for travelers, NC Rep. Madison Cawthorn says in new bill

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North Carolina Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn introduced legislation that would ban vaccine mandates for travel, he announced in a press release Wednesday.

The bill, called the ‘‘Let Me Travel America Act,’’ would ban the government from mandating vaccines for travel within the United States.

The legislation is unlikely to advance in either the U.S. House or the Senate, where Utah Sen. Mike Lee filed identical legislation, with Democrats in the majority in both chambers.

Still, the move is Cawthorn’s latest to publicly oppose COVID-19 related safety measures, like vaccine and mask mandates.

“Vaccine requirements for interstate travel are in direct opposition to the United States Constitution,” Cawthorn said in the release. “The Biden Administration continues to flaunt their blatant disregard for the law in pursuit of their left-wing radical agenda.”

No vaccine mandates for travel are currently in effect. President Joe Biden has proposed mandating vaccines in other settings but not for air travel, the Washington Post reported, although Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has said he would support such a mandate.

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