Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates by private businesses : NPR

  

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates by private businesses : NPR
Monday's executive order prohibits any entity, including private business, from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers. Previously, Abbott banned mandates by public employers.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (seen here on Sept. 22) has issued an executive order banning private companies from enforcing COVID vaccine mandates. Joel Marinez/The Monitor via AP hide caption

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (seen here on Sept. 22) has issued an executive order banning private companies from enforcing COVID vaccine mandates.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday to prohibit any entity, including private business, from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on workers and called on state lawmakers to pass a similar ban into law.

The move comes as the Biden administration is set to issue rules requiring employers with more than 100 workers to be vaccinated or test weekly for the coronavirus. Several major companies, including Texas-based American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, have said they would abide by the federal mandate.

"No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19," Abbott wrote in his order.

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Abbott, who was previously vaccinated and also later tested positive for COVID-19, noted in his order that "vaccines are strongly encouraged for those eligible to receive one, but must always be voluntary for Texans."

Texas has seen a recent decrease in newly reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. But a rising death toll from the recent surge caused by the delta variant has the state rapidly approaching 67,000 total fatalities since the pandemic began in 2020.

The governor added the issue to the agenda for lawmakers to address during the ongoing special session Abbott called for redrawing voting maps and new restrictions on transgender student athletes. Montana has passed a law preventing employers from mandating workers get vaccines, and a number of states have explicitly said schools cannot require vaccinations.

Abbott previously barred vaccine mandates by state and local government agencies, but until now had let private companies make their own rules for their workers. It was not immediately clear if Abbott's latest executive order would face a quick court challenge.

Abbott's new order also carries political implications. The two-term Republican is facing pressure from two candidates in next year's GOP primary, former state Sen. Don Huffines and former Florida Congressman and Texas state party chairman Allen West, have attacked Abbott's COVID-19 policies and have strongly opposed vaccine mandates.

"He knows which the way the wind is blowing. He knows conservative Republican voters are tired of the vaccine mandates and tired of him being a failed leader," Huffines tweeted.

West recently tested positive for COVID-19. He was briefly hospitalized, but also tweeted he remains opposed to vaccine mandates. West announced Monday on his social media accounts that he had returned home.

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Tacos!
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1  seeder  Tacos!    2 months ago

So the governor wants to tell private businesses what their rules can be for employees. It’s hard to see how this is a conservative position. 

Also, it’s an executive order and not based on legislation. If he were telling employers to require the vaccine, conservatives would be calling this government tyranny.

 
 
 
evilgenius
Professor Guide
1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Tacos! @1    2 months ago
It’s hard to see how this is a conservative position. 

It isn't. Populism isn't conservative. 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
1.1.1  Ozzwald  replied to  evilgenius @1.1    2 months ago
Populism isn't conservative.

Kowtowing to Trump is though.

 
 
 
evilgenius
Professor Guide
1.1.2  evilgenius  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.1    2 months ago
Kowtowing to Trump is though.

It really isn't. There are more and more Republicans trying to band together to form a center-right party OR persuade other non-Trump Republican voters to vote for Dems in the mid-terms next year against alt+right Trumpists.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
1.1.3  Ozzwald  replied to  evilgenius @1.1.2    2 months ago
There are more and more Republicans trying to band together to form a center-right party OR persuade other non-Trump Republican voters to vote for Dems in the mid-terms next year against alt+right Trumpists.

Then lets have all of the non-Trump republicans, stand up where all can see, and proclaim that Joe Biden won the election.  That will resolve all questions about kowtowing.

 
 
 
Split Personality
PhD Principal
1.2  Split Personality  replied to  Tacos! @1    2 months ago

He is under pressure from two much stricter people who want to primary him.

Former State Senator Huffines, the most conservative man ever elected in TX and crazy Allen West.

 
 
 
evilgenius
Professor Guide
1.2.1  evilgenius  replied to  Split Personality @1.2    2 months ago
crazy Allen West

...has COVID caused pneumonia and is posting anti-vax bullshit from his hospital bed.

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Principal
1.3  MrFrost  replied to  Tacos! @1    2 months ago
So the governor wants to tell private businesses what their rules can be for employees. It’s hard to see how this is a conservative position. 

He's a socialist. Government taking an active role in private business? That's exactly what Socialism is. 

 
 
 
Jack_TX
Junior Quiet
1.3.1  Jack_TX  replied to  MrFrost @1.3    2 months ago
He's a socialist. Government taking an active role in private business? That's exactly what Socialism is. 

No.  It isn't.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1.3.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Jack_TX @1.3.1    2 months ago

You're right. It's fascism

 
 
 
Jack_TX
Junior Quiet
1.3.3  Jack_TX  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.3.2    2 months ago
You're right. It's fascism

It is much closer to fascism than it is to socialism, to be sure.

I'm not exactly sure where I'm supposed to turn to find a politician and/or party that will leave me the fuck alone.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1.3.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  Jack_TX @1.3.3    2 months ago

On that we are in agreement. I'm a registered Democrat but am falling out of love them rather rapidly

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
1.3.5  Ozzwald  replied to  Jack_TX @1.3.3    2 months ago
I'm not exactly sure where I'm supposed to turn to find a politician and/or party that will leave me the fuck alone.

What you're looking for is called anarchy.  Any and every government, that ever was, is, or will be, will create rules that will effect you and what you want.  That is called civilization, and a society.

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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1.4  XXJefferson51  replied to  Tacos! @1    2 months ago

I have been away and was going to seed this.  I’m glad that it’s here.  I’m happy that he joined Florida and others in doing this. What a way to encourage people to get the vaccine while ensuring each individual Texan gets the free will right to choose yea or nay rather than be coerced by government or employer.  Since the federal mandate has ever been put into official force, it will stand.  This will force biDen to put his press release into a real executive order and then any clash between the feds and the state will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.  

 
 
 
evilgenius
Professor Guide
1.4.1  evilgenius  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1.4    2 months ago
while ensuring each individual Texan gets the free will right to choose...

While ensuring each individual Texan gets the free will right to choose whether they infect and kill someone else. Yay freedom!

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
Senior Guide
1.4.2  XXJefferson51  replied to  evilgenius @1.4.1    2 months ago
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday issued an executive order forbidding the imposition and enforcement of any vaccine mandate in the State of Texas, including those issued by private employers or by public agencies.

“No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19,” the executive order states. “I hereby suspend all relevant statutes to the extent necessary to enforce this prohibition.”

“The maximum fine allowed under Section 4 1 8. 173 of the Texas Government Code and the State’ s emergency management plan shall apply to any ‘failure to comply with’ this executive order,’ Abbott continued. “Confinement in jail is not an available penalty for violating this executive order.:

“This executive order shall supersede any conflicting order issued by local officials in response to the COVID-19 disaster,” the executive order added. “Pursuant to Section 418.016(a) of the Texas Government Code, I hereby suspend Sections 418.1015 (b) and 418.108 of the Texas Government Code, Chapter 8 1 , Subchapter E of the Texas Health and Safety Code, and any other relevant statutes, to the extent necessary to ensure that local officials do not impose restrictions in response to the COVID-19 disaster that are inconsistent with this executive order.”

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott also said in a statement.

“Abbott also called on the Legislature to pass a law with the same effect,” the Texas Tribune noted . “The Legislature is in its third special legislative session, which ends Oct. 19.”

“The Texas governor, who contracted Covid-19 in August, has previously banned government vaccine mandates, vaccine passport requirements and school districts from requiring masks,” CNN reported .

“Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities. Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%,” Abbott said in March as he lifted the state’s mask mandate.

Texas’s cases, hospitalizations and deaths spiked and then dramatically receded without either a high fully vaccinated rate, mask mandates, or lockdowns.…

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evilgenius
Professor Guide
1.4.3  evilgenius  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1.4.2    2 months ago

I don't know what your block post has to do with anything I said. BUT you do know the more Texans that die of COVID - the less voters for conservative policies? You get that right?

 
 
 
Jack_TX
Junior Quiet
1.4.4  Jack_TX  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1.4    2 months ago
I’m glad that it’s here.

Yaaaay government interference.  Yee Haw.

He can fuck right off with this, the same way Gavin Newsome can fuck right off with his mandates.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
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1.4.5  al Jizzerror  replied to  evilgenius @1.4.3    2 months ago

800

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
1.4.6  seeder  Tacos!  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1.4    2 months ago

Explain how it makes sense that a conservative governor issues an executive order telling private businesses what rules they can establish for their employees.

What a way to encourage people to get the vaccine

How does it encourage anyone to get the vaccine? This order makes it ok to not get the vaccine.

How is an executive order on private business not government tyranny? How can you possibly support this?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1.4.7  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tacos! @1.4.6    2 months ago
How is an executive order on private business not government tyranny?

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XXJefferson51
Senior Guide
1.4.8  XXJefferson51  replied to  Tacos! @1.4.6    2 months ago
Texas’s cases, hospitalizations and deaths spiked and then dramatically receded without either a high fully vaccinated rate, mask mandates, or lockdowns.…

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
Senior Guide
1.4.9  XXJefferson51  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.4.7    2 months ago

Ask let’s go Brandon!  I guess I’m glad you think his employer mandate on 100+ employee employers is tyranny…

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
1.4.10  seeder  Tacos!  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1.4.8    2 months ago

Is it really so hard to just respond directly to comments, and in your own words? Your copy and pastes say nothing.

 
 
 
Hallux
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2  Hallux    2 months ago

If his current poll numbers are any indication, Abbott is playing a losing game.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
2.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Hallux @2    2 months ago

He knows his political future is over so he has adopted a fuck Texans attitude.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
Professor Guide
2.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Hallux @2    2 months ago
If his current poll numbers are any indication, Abbott is playing a losing game.

I hope so.  I've had his silly Trump-butt-smoching shenanigans right up to the eyeballs.  

 
 
 
Jack_TX
Junior Quiet
2.3  Jack_TX  replied to  Hallux @2    2 months ago
If his current poll numbers are any indication, Abbott is playing a losing game.

He's not.

He knows that all he has to do is get through the primaries and he's going to win.  Plus, he can always count on Biden's support.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
3  Paula Bartholomew    2 months ago

Abbot has been like this ever since Costello dumped him for a real man.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
3.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3    2 months ago

And Who's on First has just never been the same since

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
3.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1    2 months ago

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al Jizzerror
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3.1.2  al Jizzerror  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1    2 months ago

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Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
3.1.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to    2 months ago

Touche.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
4  Ender    2 months ago

The sad thing is, there are people that will cheer this on.

So, since they have decided they can tell companies what to do, where does it end.

And why single out this one vaccine. Hell make any and all vaccines not mandatory. Have a free for all of disease.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
5  Ender    2 months ago

I would like to know how he thinks this would work.

If an airline made it mandatory, he cannot tell the airline they cannot mandate the vaccine.

He cannot tell a trucking company that travels to the state to not have a mandate.

He is actually telling hospitals in the state they don't have to mandate the vac for nurses and doctors...

I sure as hell wouldn't want to be treated by idiots that are healthcare workers that refuse to get the shot.

Hell, we had an article the other day about a shortage of EMT workers because they were falling sick.

But by all means, how dare anyone tell people to get a shot to save their lives.

I am getting to the point where I say fuck it. Let the idiots die off.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
6  Hal A. Lujah    2 months ago

Maybe he’s trying to deflect attention away from how he bumbled his way into a ‘ending rape in Texas’ position.  Pulling that dodge in defense of the abortion ban obligates him to present what initiatives he has to end rape in Texas.  Everyone should get excited about the end of rape in Texas!  

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
7  Kavika     2 months ago

You have to wonder how Abbott is going to deal with UAL. Mandatory vaccine required, employees are released that refuse to get the vaccine. UAL has a large hub in Texas. 

 
 
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