House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi has been the subject of scrutiny after old comments she made surfaced regarding vaccine mandates.
In an April 29 press conference the Speaker said she could not require member of the House to be vaccinated.
“So—so here is the thing. We are—we cannot require someone to be vaccinated. That’s just not what we can do. It is a matter of privacy to know who is or who isn’t,” she said.
“I can’t go to the Capitol Physician and say, ‘Give me the names of people who aren’t vaccinated, so I can go encourage them or make it known to others to encourage them to be vaccinated.’ So we can’t—we can’t do that,” she said.
Video of that statement has made the rounds this week as people have argued against the vaccine mandates set by Joe Biden.
But Pelosi’s office said, in a statement to Newsweek, that her comments were correct because she was talking about “the institution in which she serves.”
“She’s saying she cannot force Members to be vaccinated, which is true,” her office said.
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But there were others on the video who had similar things to say.
Vice President Kamala Harris was remarking about how women have the right to choose abortion because their bodies are their own.
“Needless to say, the right of women to make decisions about their own bodies is not negotiable,” she said.
Then, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s lead immunologist, says in an interview with C-SPAN, “No, definitely not. You don’t wanna mandate and try and force anyone to take a vaccine. We’ve never done that.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki is next, saying, “Our interest is very simple from the federal government, which is Americans’ privacy and rights should be protected.”
The next clip features Pelosi (D-Calif.) again, saying, “It is a matter of privacy to know who is or who isn’t” vaccinated.
Fauci is up next again: “We don’t wanna be mandating from the federal government to the general population. It would be unenforceable and not appropriate.”
Following Fauci, the next clip again features Psaki who is asked by a reporter if the administration should be more concerned about vaccinated Americans than those who are unvaccinated as the basis for a mandate. “I think the question here…one, that’s not the role of the federal government.”
Next, Biden — as president-elect — says, “No, I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand that it be mandatory.”
The supercut ends with a clip from Biden’s address this week in announcing new “vaccination requirements” for private businesses and most federal employees, with the exception of U.S. Postal Service workers, according to the Washington Post.
Biden issued two executive orders on Thursday requiring vaccination against COVID for federal workers and contractors who work for the federal government. He also asked the Department of Labor to issue an emergency order requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested on a weekly basis.
However, Biden’s order on federal workers applies to employees of the executive branch. The House of Representatives and the Senate belong to the separate legislative branch, and the courts to the judicial branch of the federal government.
“Building on the President’s announcement in July to strengthen safety requirements for unvaccinated federal workers, the President has signed an Executive Order to take those actions a step further and require all federal executive branch workers to be vaccinated,” Biden’s plan says.
“The President also signed an Executive Order directing that this standard be extended to employees of contractors that do business with the federal government,” the plan says.