FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 7, 2023
Contact: Press_Paul@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343
Democrats Refuse to Follow the Science, Reject Dr. Rand Paul’s Resolution Protecting Senate Pages from COVID-19 Mandates
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a resolution that would have protected Senate Pages from the imposition of vaccination, testing, and masking requirements related to COVID-19, especially given the myriad of studies showing that for young and healthy people the risks posed by the vaccine are greater than the risks posed by COVID-19. Multiple scientific studies have shown a heightened risk of myocarditis for children and teenagers after taking an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Furthermore, there is consensus that the vaccines do not stop transmission of COVID-19.
Democrats yet again refused to follow the science and objected to Dr. Paul’s resolution passing by unanimous consent.
Below are excerpts from Dr. Paul’s floor remarks:
“This is a situation where Democrats are in favor of mandating a vaccine that puts their health at risk…This is obscene, and the Democrat majority should be embarrassed.”
“The risks of the vaccine outweigh the risks of the disease…Your healthcare is about you. You’re not a statistic.”
“Are Democrats so insistent that they know better than everyone else – that we will be beholden to bending the knee and asking their permission to live?…To participate in life, you have to be vaccinated three times? There is no science to back this up.”
“Even the proponents of the mandates will admit – if forced to – the vaccines don’t stop transmission.”
Dr. Paul’s resolution is a continuation of his efforts to protect individual freedoms and push back against unscientific mandates. Over the last several years, Dr. Paul has taken numerous actions to defend Americans from those who fail to follow the science on COVID-19. Not only did he introduce a similar resolution last year that would have lifted vaccine and mask mandates for pages, he also introduced the Vaccination Non-Discrimination Act last year to ensure that federal taxpayer dollars are not used to support healthcare facilities that deny care to patients based on their COVID-19 vaccination status. Additionally, Dr. Paul offered the Support the Reinstatement of Trained and Effective Firefighters amendment to the Fire Grants and Safety Act that would have made funding available to fire departments that terminated firefighters for refusing vaccination or voicing opposition to COVID-19 mandates only if they offered full reinstatement and backpay to those who lost their jobs. He also previously introduced the Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act of 2021, and continues to be outspoken against these mandates without a scientific basis.