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S. 2879: Stop Vaccine Mandates Act

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Do the executive orders exceed the president’s authority?


In September, President Joe Biden issued two executive orders mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for federal contractors and for federal employees. Specifically, federal employees must be vaccinated by November 22, while federal contractors must be vaccinated by December 8.

There are 2.1 million federal employees and about 4.1 million federal contractors.

While those are certainly large numbers, both executive orders took a backseat in the headlines to another far more expansive rule that Biden also proposed the same day, which could affect tens of millions more Americans: mandating employees at private businesses with 100+ employees to either be vaccinated or tested weekly. However, this rule will come from the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), not from …

Sponsor and status

James Lankford

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Oklahoma. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 28, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Sep 28, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Sep 28, 2021

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5 Cosponsors (5 Republicans)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Sep 28, 2021

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