On Tuesday, the White House threatened Republican governors, especially the governors of Texas and Florida, that President Joe Biden will override their authority when it comes to vaccine mandates.
“We know that federal law overrides state law,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
She also accused Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott of playing politics with their executive orders that ban vaccine passports.
“Why would you be taking steps that prevent the saving of lives that make it more difficult to save lives across the country or in any state?” she asked, adding that they are “putting politics ahead of public health.”
“Every leader should be focused on supporting efforts to save lives and end the pandemic,” Psaki said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday banning any entity in Texas from requiring vaccine mandates for their employees or their customers.
“In yet another instance of federal government overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott wrote.
DeSantis signed legislation in May banning vaccine passports in Florida.
On Tuesday, he announced fines for Leon County for firing 14 employees after they refused to get the vaccine.
“We must protect the jobs of Floridians and preserve the ability of Floridians to make their own decisions regarding what shots to take,” he said.
“Bottom line is, we’re going to continue to implement the law, which the president of the United States has the ability, the authority, the legal authority to do,” Psaki concluded.
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