​Rep. Cawthorn Targets ‘Subsidized Medical Apartheid’ With Bill To Block Federal Government From Saddling Businesses With Employee Vaccine And Testing Requirements

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Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina has introduced legislation that would block the secretary of labor from utilizing any funds to develop, promote, or enforce a rule obliging employers to require that their workers either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested for the illness.

“No funds may be used by the Secretary of Labor to draft, promulgate, or enforce a rule mandating that employers require employees to be vaccinated against or tested for COVID–19,” the text of the bill states.

The Justice for All Businesses, or JAB Act, also states that, “The Secretary of Labor shall not assess civil monetary or criminal penalties under section 17 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (29 U.S.C. 666) for violations of a rule mandating that employers require employees to be vaccinated against or tested for COVID–19.”

The legislation, which likely has no chance of making it through the Democrat-controlled House chamber, comes amid anticipation of the issuance of a rule to require companies with 100 or more employees to ensure that workers are fully vaccinated or that they furnish a negative test each week.