President Biden signed two executive orders last week that say a couple of things.

  1. The first executive order stated that federal workers and contractors that work for the federal government must be vaccinated.
  2. He asked the Department of Labor to require businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure their workers are all vaccinated or tested on a weekly basis.

Here is the kicker, members of Congress and their staff, plus the Federal Court system are all exempt.  Now, maybe you're thinking "how is that possible?"  That's a great question, in fact, that was the question that I asked myself, and here's how.

According to Newsweek, the executive orders apply only to the executive branch and not the legislative or judicial branch. So, how many members of Congress are vaccinated?  Well, we don't know, nor can we because of the law.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on record at an April 29th press conference saying "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."

So, what do our Montana US Senators and Congressman have to say about vaccines and the pandemic?

Our two Senators, Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Steve Daines put out a joint statement on Youtube back on April 29th encouraging Montanans to get the Covid-19 vaccine.  However, encouraging and mandating are two completely different things.

Getty Images Montana Senator Jon Tester
Getty Images Joshua Roberts / Stringer Montana Senator Steve Daines

U.S. Congressman Matt Rosendale is on record saying “The Biden administration’s dereliction of duty to protect the American people from a deadly virus is unacceptable.”  In fact, in a press release last month Congressman Rosendale questions the Biden administrations handling of those testing positive for Covid-19 at the southern boarder after a whistleblower reached out to the Rosdendale's office.

Getty Images Justin Sullivan / Staff Congressman Matt Rosendale

No matter your opinion, I would like to think that we all want what is best for America.  The debate of course is, what is best for America? If you are going to require the "people" to be vaccinated by executive order, shouldn't you require the people that serve the "people" to be vaccinated as well?

Who works for who?  At the minimum, it certainly damages an already damaged image of an Administration and Governing body that is out of touch with a whole lot of the people it represents.

Credit: Newsweek

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