Mike Lee pushes all-in against vaccination warrants


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(Andrew Harnik | AP) Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah.

Mike Lee pushes all-in against vaccination warrants

Last week, Senator Mike Lee introduced nine separate pieces of legislation targeting federal mandates on COVID-19 vaccines.

  • S.2840 – A bill authorizing civil actions against the United States for COVID-19 vaccination warrants.

  • S.2841 – A bill requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publicly disclose information regarding the adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • S.2842 – A bill to amend Title 10, United States Code, to prohibit the Secretary of Defense from requiring members of the military to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • S.2843 – A bill prohibiting the imposition of a fine, fee or tax on any person for violating a COVID-19 vaccine mandate issued by the Safety and Health Administration at work or any other executive agency.

  • S.2846 – A bill to require federal agencies to recognize, accept and agree to sincere present natural immunity regarding COVID-19 in accordance with the promulgation of certain regulations.

  • S.2847 – A bill prohibiting the federal government from mandating COVID-19 vaccination for interstate travel.

  • S.2848 – A bill to exempt people with a personal health condition from complying with a federal COVID-19 mandate.

  • S.2849 – A bill stating that nothing in federal law gives a federal agency the power to require an individual to be inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • S.2850 – A bill to exempt individuals from complying with a federal mandate on the COVID-19 vaccine based on personal belief and for other purposes.

President Joe Biden announced that he is making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all federal employees and contractors. He also said he was asking OSHA to develop a rule requiring companies with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccines or weekly tests. In August, the Pentagon announced it would make the vaccine mandatory for members of the military.

Lee, who contracted COVID last year and has since been vaccinated, criticized the Biden administration’s decision to impose the vaccine. After Biden announced his tenure plan, he tweeted that the president “Showed blind contempt for the US Constitution.” He also called Biden a “future autocrat”.

This wave of bill filings, which does not yet have a single co-sponsor, suggests that Lee may not be convinced Biden’s plan will be overturned by the courts.

Ultimately, these bills are political theater designed to send a message. The Democratic-controlled Congress is very unlikely to pass them. In the unlikely event that happened, President Biden would likely veto them if they went to his office, as they directly target his policies.

Lee’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Here’s what you need to know for Monday morning

🦠 A lack of planning and internal feuds in government crippled Utah health officials during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. [Tribune]

🏛 The US House will vote later this week on the $ 3.5 trillion budget proposal. House Democrats are still trying to build support for the package that will implement much of President Joe Biden’s agenda. [WaPo]

🚨 The United States is increasingly likely to default on its debt as the deadlock in Congress over raising the debt limit continues. The Treasury will likely exhaust its power to borrow money in the coming weeks. [Politico]

🏛 Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney said in a “60 Minute” interview that “millions of people have been betrayed and misled” by former President Donald Trump’s lies about election stealing. [CBS News]

It’s Jason Bourne stuff. In 2017, the CIA plotted to kidnap or even assassinate Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The plan has gone so far that there have been discussions at the highest level of the Trump administration. [Yahoo! News]

👀 The Utah Inland Port Authority worked secretly behind the scenes to push forward a proposal to upgrade an unused California railroad that would be used to ship coal from a northern California port. [Tribune]

🤝 Millcreek executives have reached a deal with Reagan Outdoor Advertising to remove six existing billboards in exchange for three digital billboards at the entrances to a planned new complex in the city. [Tribune]

💉 Many Utahns do not get the COVID-19 vaccine because they are worried about the possible side effects of the vaccine. [Tribune]

Do COVID-19 vaccines work? Data paints a dramatic picture when it doesn’t. [Tribune]

💉 Pfizer CEO says he will seek approval of his COVID-19 vaccine for certain children under 12. [CNN]

🚨 A new study indicates that today’s children will experience three times as many climate disasters as their grandparents. [WaPo]

🇩🇪 Germany thumbs to the left. The center-left Social Democrats won a narrow victory over Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union. The SPD leadership says they will try to form a coalition government with the Greens and the Liberals. [BBC]

🇮🇸 Iceland elected the first predominantly female European parliament. [Axios]

Here’s a closer look at how the LDS Church amassed a fortune worth up to $ 100 billion. [Tribune]

Monday Morning Utah News Summary


  • Will the controversial Book Cliffs Highway proposal increase tourism or boost oil and gas production? [Tribune]

  • Is Utah’s uranium industry the key to a green energy future or a radioactive threat? [Tribune]

  • Governor Spencer Cox, the U. of U. react to the death of Utes football player Aaron Lowe. [Tribune]

  • Utah football player Aaron Lowe, “a rock of resilience and courage”, was shot and killed during an SLC party. [Tribune]

  • Catalytic converter theft hits low-income car owners the hardest. [Tribune]

  • 13 alcohol facts every Utahn should know, whether you drink or not. [Tribune]

  • Utah Marine killed in attack on Kabul airport buried at Arlington National Cemetery. [Tribune]

  • Protesters at the Satanic Temple are citing the Religious Freedom Act to demand reproductive rights in Utah. [Tribune]

  • How much is rent in Salt Lake County? This is up 12% from last year. [Deseret News]

  • 32 attorneys general, including Utah, are calling on Congress to modernize antitrust laws. [Fox 13]



  • “Ce ne sera plus l’Amérique sauvage”: les manifestants dénoncent le projet de gondole à Little Cottonwood Canyon. [Tribune]

  • Children and young adults lead climate strike at the Utah Capitol. [Tribune]


Notice page

  • Congratulations, Utah. You’ve found a way to make Facebook worse, writes George Pyle. [Tribune]

  • Gabby Petito was just one of hundreds of missing people we should have appreciated, writes Robert Gehrke. [Tribune]

  • Don’t let Utah’s top lawmakers get in the way of the pandemic response, the editorial board wrote. [Tribune]

  • Opinion: Utah voters are running, but people could do more to engage civically. [Deseret News]

  • Opinion: The cruel mess of the Biden administration at the border is inexcusable. [Deseret News]

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