Utah house speaker, senate president not fans of Biden vaccine plan
Sep 17, 2021, 4:38 PM
(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.
“At the end of the day, we hope everyone gets the vaccine but this is not the way to do it,” @BradWilsonGOP tells me regarding @POTUS order for businesses with 100+ employees to require vaccines or test for COVID-19 every week. #utpol @kslnewsradio (Photo: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) pic.twitter.com/Ra5JGpSC3m
— Nick Wyatt (@NickWyattNews) September 17, 2021
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.
Our ability to make individual choices is at the core of the American foundation. No one should have the power to force businesses to mandate vaccines. We cannot let blatant government overreach become precedent. #utpol pic.twitter.com/ettHLjVL2W
— President J. Stuart Adams (@JStuartAdams) September 17, 2021
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.
“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.