By Jenny Goldsberry
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.”
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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TN Republican introduces legislation to fight opioid shipments into U.S.
Tennessee Republican Representative Diana Harshbarger is attempting to fight the opioid crisis and epidemic through new legislation. Introduced Friday, Harshbarger told the Daily Caller:
The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the legislation, which addresses what Harshbarger calls a “loophole.” The legislation amends the Controlled Substances Act to specifically require registrants to investigate reports of suspicious orders of controlled substances and halt them if necessary. Under the version of the act currently in force, drug manufacturers and distributors are only required to report suspicious orders of opioids and other controlled substances to the DEA.
“Breaking the opioid epidemic’s stranglehold on our nation is one of my foremost priorities. In an effort to do so, my colleagues and I have identified a loophole that allows distributors to continue order fulfillment, even under suspicious circumstances.”
“My bill closes that loophole with the requirements and guardrails needed to ensure these addictive and potentially dangerous drugs do not fall into the wrong hands while the DEA investigates. The future of our nation depends on us solving the addiction crisis, and this is a step towards that outcome” Harshbarger continued.
The Daily Caller reports:
According to a congressional report released in September, the opioid crisis cost the U.S. $1.5 trillion during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CDC says 93,331 people died from overdoses in the U.S. in 2020, the highest in 50 years. Opioid-related deaths made up nearly three-quarters of the total.
Pharmaceutical companies have been blamed for contributing to the opioid epidemic. The Department of Justice is currently suing the pharmaceutical company AmerisourceBergen over allegations the company failed to report suspicious orders of opioids to federal law enforcement.
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