Banks’ bill would cut federal funds to any government entity enacting child COVID vaccine mandate

Rep. Jim Banks
Rep. Jim Banks(WPTA)
Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 5:38 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, of Indiana, has introduced legislation that aims to block federal funding of any state, local or tribal entity that implements a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for children.

The House measure mirrors a Senate bill proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas).

Banks took aim at Democrats and “non-elected bureaucrats... (who) have proved time and again that when it comes to children’s health, they put radical teachers’ union leaders before the science.”

Some school systems have proposed or have already enacted rules requiring student vaccination against COVID-19, placing that alongside vaccine requirements that have been in effect for years. The nation’s most populous state, California, was the first to announce that it would add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccinations for students.

The country’s largest teachers’ union -- the National Education Association -- has not endorsed or suggested mandatory student vaccinations, but said at the start of the school year that it “strongly supports President Biden’s new COVID-19 vaccinate-or-test requirements in workplaces with 100 or more employees and call for state vaccination requirements for all educators.”

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