Three Republican senators introduced a bill this week to preventatively ban the federal government from requiring vaccine passports for interstate travel in the U.S.
Introduced by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), the Freedom to Fly Act would bar the Transportation Security Administration from requiring Americans to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in order to fly from one state to another.
Scott, joined by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT) , and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), announced the measure in a speech on the Senate floor on Thursday.
Today, I went to the Senate floor with a commonsense bill that would stop Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates from hurting hardworking U.S. businesses. Democrats blocked it. They'd rather advance their liberal agenda, even if it hurts families. (1/2) https://t.co/0yMEkz3iLi
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) September 29, 2021
The bill states it intends “To prohibit the Transportation Security Administration from asking passengers on domestic flights for information regarding vaccinations,” which Scott wrote in a statement would “protect the privacy of personal health information.”
In addition to defending the right to privacy, the bill would also lessen the burden on Americans who are already finding it difficult to bounce back from nearly a year of lockdowns and financial hardship.
“Americans are working hard to recover from the devastation of COVID-19 and travel is critical to getting our economy fully re-opened,” said Scott in a statement. “While I continue to encourage everyone who wants one to get the vaccine, the federal government has no business requiring travelers to turn over their personal medical information to catch a flight.”
The Floridian senator made it clear he stands in the way of the United States becoming anywhere close to a police-state like Australia has in recent months.
“My Freedom to Fly Act ensures families in Florida and across the country can travel freely and without the ridiculous government bureaucracy created by vaccine passports,” the senator added.
In what should be a deeply concerning move, Democrat senators immediately blocked the bill from advancing.
The fact that they don’t want to ban vaccine passports from being required for interstate travel tells us everything we need to know about what they are planning for the future.
Democrats are leaving the door open to do just that.