The Republican-controlled House reportedly voted on Wednesday to repeal the requirement that international passengers provide confirmation of COVID immunization before flying into the United States.
Seven Democrats voted with the GOP majority to pass the measure 227-201, sending it to the Democrat-led Senate, where it faces stiff opposition.
The decision signals a victory for Republicans who oppose the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines requiring adult travelers seeking to enter the United States by air to produce documentation of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced the bill.
The Democrats’ basic argument against my bill to end the COVID-19 mandate on international air visitors is this: Congress should defer to bureaucrats because “science is hard” and Democrats aren’t qualified to vote on laws affecting basic human rights. pic.twitter.com/T30MelBhu2
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) February 8, 2023
The federal government plans to end the coronavirus public health emergency in May.
COVID-19 has been linked to over 1 million fatalities in the United States since its discovery in late 2019.
During Tuesday’s State of the Union address President Joe Biden claimed that ‘…today, COVID no longer controls our lives.’