Utah house speaker, senate president not fans of Biden vaccine plan

Sep 17, 2021, 4:38 PM
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FILE PHOTO: Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson and Senate President Stuart Adams are expressing their disapproval with the Biden administration’s vaccine order for businesses

Top Utah lawmakers disagree with Biden vaccine plan

In a letter to Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, Speaker Wilson and President Adams shared their concerns about the federal government’s plan to order businesses with 100 or more employees to require vaccines or have them test for COVID-19 once each week.

The two leaders say the order is textbook government overreach. The letter also accuses President Biden of contradicting promises he made about not mandating vaccines. 

Adams and Wilson support vaccines, not forcing them 

President Adams and Speaker Wilson are adamant about their support for vaccinating more Utahns. Adams says vaccines will help achieve three goals. 

“We want to protect people’s health and vaccines do that. We want to keep businesses open and vaccines help do that … we want to keep kids in school and vaccines help do that,” says Adams.

Wilson agrees.  

“Big fan of the vaccines but I’m not a big fan … of putting government in a place where it’s mandating to people or to businesses to do something like this,” Wilson says. 

Both stand ready to take action against the Biden vaccine plan

The house speaker and senate president anxiously await the official order from the federal government to be released. In the meantime, they hope to work out a more “Utah-friendly” solution with Gov. Cox. 

Both lawmakers say calling a special legislative session is not out of the question. 

The gentlemen also support Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and his threats of legal action

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