The U.S. Congress will see a bill to ban the use of COVID passports, according to a draft copy of the bill obtained exclusively by The Hill. The legislation is being sponsored by House Freedom Caucus Chair Andy Biggs, a Republican from Arizona.
The bill, called the “No Vaccine Passports Act,” would “stipulate that federal agencies could not issue standardized documentation showing an individual has gotten a COVID-19 vaccine nor could they require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine to access federal grounds.”
The legislation would be an answer to states like New York, which has already begun implementing a mobile app known as the Excelsior Pass.
“Vaccine passports will not help our nation recover from COVID-19; instead, they will simply impose more Big Brother surveillance on our society,” Biggs told The Hill.
Governor Ron DeSantis has already issued an emergency executive order forbidding COVID passports in the State of Florida.
“We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said earlier. “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”
“You want the fox to guard the henhouse?” DeSantis said. “I mean, give me a break.”
Governor Greg Abbott has also issued an executive order banning them from state buildings in Texas or legal entitities that receive state funding. Governor Tate Reeves has thus far simply stated his opposition to the COVID passports.
The Washington Post earlier reported that the Biden administration was looking into a “COVID passport.” The White House recently denied in public that it supports a federal COVID passport; but corporations the Biden administration has discussed the issue with could implement that vaccination verification system on their own.OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author’s opinion.