House Republicans on Wednesday tried to stop former Vice President Joe Biden’s proposal to mandate immunizations for all children.
House Republicans filed a bill, which passed on a straight party-line vote, which blocks the Department of Health and Human Services from spending any funds to implement such a plan. The bill now heads to the Senate, where Democrats have criticized the proposal as political pandering.
Republicans, backed by opposing Democrats, noted that 17 states have mandate rules for vaccination. Biden on Tuesday urged governors to implement vaccines for children starting at age 2.
House Republicans said requiring such rules by lawmakers would allow for political control of the science and assured that the party’s bill would “immediately thwart” administration policy.
“[The] only party with the experience and know-how to figure out how to oversee medical decisions is the people’s house of Representatives,” said Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo.
In recent years, some GOP lawmakers have resisted evidence of the link between vaccines and autism, and U.S. intelligence agencies have expressed doubts about such a link.
But opponents of the proposal have said that its delays could prevent children from developing proper immunizations before they were too young.