GOP House leader McCarthy says vaccine passports more fitting for ‘Communist China’
McCarthy (R-Calif.) reflected the growing opposition to the vaccination documents, while giving credit to former President Donald Trump’s administration for producing a vaccine.
“Thanks to the safe vaccines from Operation Warp Speed, we will defeat the virus. But forcing Americans to carry a ‘vaccine passport’ to go about daily life is unacceptable in a free society,” McCarthy posted on Twitter.
While New York was the first to embrace the vaccination passports, launching its “Excelsior Pass” app last month, a number of other states run by Republicans have either expressed hesitancy or banned them outright.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order Tuesday banning state agencies or organizations that receive state funds from requiring the documents.
“Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives. That is why I have issued an Executive Order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas,” Abbott said in a statement.
In Iowa, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said the state must “take a stand” against the passports, vowing to use executive action to ban them if necessary.