Republicans reject 'vaccine passports"

 Fox Business:

Multiple Republican lawmakers have come out against the idea of digital "vaccine passports" that would allow private businesses to require customers provide proof of vaccination.

President Biden's administration is reportedly working on a way to standardize a process for allowing Americans to prove their vaccination status. New York State has already rolled out their own version of vaccine credentials.

Some GOP lawmakers are wary of vaccine passports.


"Considering that Democrats want to require vaccine IDs for people to conduct their basic daily activities, they now have zero grounds to object to voter ID laws,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told Fox News. "If under Democrat logic, you should need an ID to enter even a grocery store, surely there wouldn’t be an objection to showing an ID to legally vote."

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, slammed the Biden administration for pursuing the idea of vaccine passports when the president "doesn't seem to care about passports when it comes to illegal migrants crossing the southern border.”

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said in a statement to Fox News that a vaccine passport measure “would be a complete government overstep.”

“Vaccine credentials would be a complete government overstep. Individuals in America have a personal responsibility for their health," said Sessions. "Implementing a 'vaccine passport' runs the risk of undermining public trust and substantially limiting normal day-to-day essential activities."

"As a leader, I have chosen to be vaccinated – that was my own decision," he added.

Freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., strongly condemned the idea of vaccine passports.

"Proposals like these smack of 1940s Nazi Germany. We must make every effort to keep America from becoming a 'show your papers society,'” Cawthorn told Fox News. "The Constitution and our founding principles decry this type of totalitarianism.”

"America faces a dangerous future when its leader’s ideology shares more commonalities with Leninism than liberalism," the North Carolina Republican added.

I already have a vaccine card I carry in my wallet.  I suspect the objection is for those who for whatever reasons do not want the vaccine.  Florida's governor, Ron DeSantis has said he will oppose the requirement and I suspect other red State governors will also.  Roger Simon says:

There’s something eerily similar in this to the Soviet internal passport, although it is yet more ominous because connected to the internet. It only takes a flick of the algorithm to add all sorts of restrictions or morph the passport into, almost inevitably over time, an American version of the “social credit” system already in use by the Chinese Communist Party.


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