LANSING, Mich. — The Senate on Wednesday adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. Lana Theis opposing the Biden administration’s recent mandate of Head Start programs throughout the nation, including in Michigan, to require COVID-19 vaccines and the wearing of facemasks.
The mandate requires all Head Start staff, volunteers, and contractors to be vaccinated and all individuals two years of age and older to wear masks.
“President Biden doesn’t have the right or the authority to issue this or any other vaccine or mask decree,” said Theis, R-Brighton, who chairs the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee. “We the people are not beholden to the whims of a president who is driven by politics and emotion, whether he knows it or not. The fact of the matter is, two federal courts have already enjoined enforcement of Biden’s Head Start mandate, effectively prohibiting it in the states whose attorneys general had the nerve to challenge it in court.
“Two years on from the start of the pandemic, Biden continues to reveal through his actions that his motives are no longer about public health, but manipulative control — this time by shamefully using children as pawns. Gov. Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel would be wise to recognize and reject his administration’s latest overreach of power by refusing to allow the mandate’s implementation.”
Senate Resolution 101 underscores the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, under which states or the people retain all powers that are not expressly delegated to the federal government. It argues Biden’s latest mandate infringes on states’ rights and thus radically alters the relationship between states and the federal government.
The full text of the resolution may be read here.
Editor’s note: Video of Sen. Theis’ floor speech in support of SR101 is available on her website at www.SenatorLanaTheis.com/video/.