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Rep. Stefanik says ‘we are seeing the chipping away of our civil liberties’ over vaccine requirements

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By Jenny Goldsberry

“Every American should be outraged we are seeing chipping away of civil liberties across the country,” Stefanik said. “And New York City unfortunately is ground zero for this.”

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) lashed out at Democrats in New York for the “chipping away of civil liberties.” Lately, New Yorkers need to reveal their vaccination status to enter to bars, gyms, concerts or even schools. Meanwhile, the vaccination rate across the state is relatively high. Stefanik talked about how vaccination requirements are affecting New Yorkers on Fox News Sunday.

“Every American should be outraged we are seeing chipping away of civil liberties across the country,” Stefanik said. “And New York City unfortunately is ground zero for this.”

After Governor Cuomo hosted a press release asking businesses to enforce vaccination requirements, business owners took on a new, executive role. “Now our restaurant owners are becoming law enforcement officers and having to make tough decisions as individuals are coming in with vaccine cards. Some of them are counterfeit cards,” Stefanik said. “This is not the rule of restaurants and we should not have policies that segregate those who have been vaccinated or not vaccinated.”

Concerned Parents

Meanwhile, the GOP Conference Chair says that most constituents are actually concerned parents, who want to know the state of public education. “We all want to make sure our kids get back to school in person but there’s already discussion about a mask mandate which is not based upon science,” Stefanik said. “We know that our kids, few are affected by COVID.”

Stefanik vouched for parents in the midst of a sexist scandal of her own. Vermont’s Channel 3 News blasted the New York representative for daring to serve in office while pregnant. A guest on the show Monday accused her of “not being at full energy” because of her pregnancy.

However Stefanik disputed the comments in a tweet saying: “yes, you can have it all.” She also said she is grateful to be “setting an example for all working moms across America.”

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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.

Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”

Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.

Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”

Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.

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