For those that aren’t anti-vax but refuse to take the current jab sweeping the globe, I’m talking to you. Get ready to drive…a lot!
Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) has introduced new legislation, although there’s still no text available on the measure, that calls on the “Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure that any individual traveling on a flight that departs from or arrives to an airport inside the United States or a territory of the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and for other purposes,” according to H.R. 4980.
When asked about his proposal last week, Torres told the New York Daily News that the delta variant of the Chinese coronavirus (COVID-19) is the same thing as “a weapon.”
“The TSA [Transportation Security Administration] never allows people to enter planes or airports with a weapon, and the delta variant is a weapon,” Torres said.
In a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Torres wrote that “children under 12 years old, individuals with a documented valid medical excuse, and international travelers who may not have the same access to a vaccine should be excluded.”
I sent a letter to @DHSgov & @TSA pushing the agencies to require individuals to be vaccinated against #COVID19 before flying. A mandate would encourage more Americans to get vaccinated & can save lives. pic.twitter.com/O2kZz15LfM— Rep. Ritchie Torres (@RepRitchie) August 6, 2021
Text of the bill is supposedly forthcoming, giving us a better insight into the details of the bill — hopefully including what “for other purposes” means.