Graves introduces bill to ban vaccine passports for travel

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Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO)

Washington, DC – Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Congressman Daniel Webster (R-FL) introduced the SAFER Travel Act, H.R. 6257, to bar federal vaccine passports and quarantine requirements for travel.

“You shouldn’t need a vaccine passport to get on a train, board a plane, or travel home for the holidays,” said Graves, Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “This bill would put that terrible idea to bed once and for all. The vaccines have proven to be the safest and most effective tool we have against preventing COVID-19, but the federal government has no business mandating them for travel, work, or anything else. It’s a personal decision and it needs to stay that way.”

H.R. 6257 would prohibit COVID-19 vaccine mandates or quarantine requirements on Americans for the purposes of travel. The science and data are clear, the vast majority of Americans have received a COVID-19 vaccine or have natural immunity from previous infection.

Earlier this month, the CDC and White House officials announced additional restrictions on Americans traveling domestically and abroad were possible, including additional testing and quarantines.

Congressman Graves has cosponsored legislation prohibiting President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on private businesses and those who provide Medicare and Medicaid services. 

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