They argue that Republicans, former President TrumpDonald Trump Hillicon Valley – State Department employees targeted by spyware Ohio Republican Party reunion abruptly ends amid anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces retest as first witness pleads the fifth PLUS outspoken allies in Congress and state capitals bear much of the responsibility for public resistance to masks and vaccines, noting that opposition to these major mitigation efforts has come overwhelmingly from the right.
Criticism of the masks and vaccines sabotaged Biden’s efforts to move the nation past the pandemic, some say.
“They went out of their way to make sure we can’t go over it,” the rep said. Véronique EscobarVeronica EscobarUS to restart ‘Stay in Mexico’ program following court order Historic immigration reform included in House spending bill Democrats call on Biden to sanction climate change contributors MORE (D-Texas) Republicans said. “They fought the requirements for masks, vaccines. They have spread disinformation. They amplified dangerous conspiracy theories.
“There is a group to blame in this country for the continued spread of COVID,” she added, “and these are the actors who have done each of these things. “
The pandemic is a factor in Biden’s declining approval ratings and Democrats’ concerns about next year’s midterm elections. Pandemic fatigue is a huge political issue for the party, which feels like it is facing a Catch-22 since the pandemic is less likely to end the more people avoid vaccinations or even booster shots.
Biden and his health team are scrambling to contain the spread of the virus, an effort complicated by the recent arrival of the new omicron variant, which originated in South Africa and has surfaced this week in several states.
As health experts rush to determine the severity of the new threat, GOP leaders have blamed Biden squarely, accusing the president of politicizing the crisis with vaccine mandates while failing to deliver on a promise campaign to bring the virus under control.
“I know President Biden promised America he could handle COVID,” House minority leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyGOP’s infighting takes stupidity to a whole new level McCarthy laments the distractions of far-right members Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women of Leadership Award to Queen Elizabeth MORE (R-Calif.) Told reporters on Friday on Capitol Hill. “More people have died from COVID this year than last year. “
GOP lawmakers, conservative news outlets and right-wing activists have led the charge against demand for universal vaccines and mask requirements – measures seen as vital, in the eyes of top public health experts in the country , to contain the global pandemic.
More recently, a handful of Senate conservatives threatened to shut down the government in an attempt to fund Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers. And House Republicans voted almost unanimously against this government funding measure, many of them protesting the same vaccine requirement.
Other GOP leaders have publicly supported vaccines, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellUS could default in weeks without debt limit action: Analysis The Hill’s Morning Report – Brought to you by Facebook – Congress avoids shutdown Senate dodges initial December crisis with last-minute deal MORE (R-Ky.), A polio survivor who broadcast public service announcements pushing for vaccination. A majority of Senate Republicans also hated the strategy of a minority of their members to delay this week’s fundraising bill.
Yet a GOP majority in Congress is also making a strong appeal against the vaccine mandates Biden has pursued for government officials, businesses, and healthcare workers, and he is increasingly coming to the center of the political debate.
“We should not be funding tyranny over American citizens,” the representative said. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyHouse Passes Bill To Speed Up Judges’ Financial Disclosures (R-Texas) said Thursday just before the House vote on the fundraising bill.
The opposition has sparked an uproar from the president’s Democratic allies on Capitol Hill, who are fighting back against Republicans for doing too little to encourage their supporters to do their part to contain the spread of the virus.
“It’s definitely hypocrisy,” Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy Gomez Proposed California cards put incumbents at risk House Democrats push back Manchin (D-California). “Republicans – the party that’s supposed to be for individual accountability – don’t take responsibility for telling the people who are within their communities, in their districts and states, to take action that is consistent with this philosophy, which must become vaccinated to control the pandemic.
representing Marc PocanMark William Pocan With Build Back Better, Democrats Aim To Fix Email Errors Democrats Prepare To Score Points On Huge Bill Biden House Passes Trillion Billion Infrastructure Bill And Advances Its Plan To social spending PLUS (D-Wis.), Former leader of the Progressive Caucus, predicted that the GOP’s “blame Biden” campaign would backfire, citing the unprecedented nature of the global pandemic and the limited audience targeted by the message.
“Most people know that’s not the federal government’s problem, potentially what’s going on with a variant in another country that’s being propagated by people watching Fox News in the United States. … It’s a problem on their side, ”he said. “Remember that almost all of their posts these days are directed to one audience – Donald Trump. “
The researchers found that while racial disparities persisted during the first few days of vaccine distribution, these discrepancies largely disappeared over the following months. But partisan differences have only widened.
A report released last month by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that among adults who identify as Democrats, 90% say they have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to 61% of Republicans. The results reveal that “Republicans make up an increasingly disproportionate share” of the country’s unvaccinated population, the researchers reported, and that “political partisanship is a better predictor of a person’s immunization than demographic factors. such as age, race, education level, or insurance status.
“These results suggest substantial challenges for any effort to further increase vaccination among American adults,” KFF warned.
representing Michael BurgessMichael Clifton Burgess Maintaining Doctor-Patient Relationship is Cornerstone of America’s Healthcare System Burgess: Artificial Intelligence Key to Future Diabetes Care The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Ninth House Dem Announces Retirement MORE (R-Texas), co-chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus, is among Republicans who have strongly endorsed the vaccines while leading district-level efforts to encourage voters to get them. But Burgess suggested the poll numbers are inaccurate and the vaccination rate is not as partisan as they suggest.
“I know in my part of the world it’s not. We have a very good vaccination center set up and good participation, ”he said.
The problem, Burgess argued, is Biden’s tenure, which has stolen the appetite of some conservatives for the vaccine.
“When you try to force it, that’s what you get,” he said. “It was a mistake on the part of the administration. … And they knew it.
Trump, whose administration has overseen the development of the three vaccines currently in use, crammed this week, saying there is a simple reason for the current vaccine reluctance: “No one trusts this administration. “
This is an argument that has been categorically rejected by Democrats, who argue that Republicans are only deflecting responsibility for the recalcitrance of their own supporters.
“By putting the blame on Biden – at the same time that they do not take personal responsibility for their own actions, which tells their people to get vaccinated – they are only prolonging the pandemic much longer,” he said. Gomez said, “Which ultimately will devastate the red states by greater amounts than the blue states.”
representing Ami BeraAmerish (Ami) Babulal Bera Major Abortion Rights Group Appoints New Chairman Democrats Call For Withdrawal Of IRS Bank Statement Proposal From Spending Bill Biden Notes On Leave Administration Scramble Taiwan PLUS (D-Calif.), A physician, also warned of regional disparities.
“It’s increasingly becoming an unvaccinated pandemic,” he said.
With the arrival of the omicron variant, there are signs that the barrier of hesitation is breaking. A Morning Consult poll released Tuesday found that in light of the new strain, 30% of unvaccinated adults are now more open to inoculation.
“We hope it’s true,” Biden said.