Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Pushes Back Against Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate


Tennessee Governor Bill Lee this week announced he will fight U.S. President Joe Biden’s stricter and newly-announced COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

“To be clear: the vaccine is the best tool we have to combat the pandemic but heavy-handed mandates are the wrong approach,” Lee tweeted Thursday.

In another tweet, Lee said “the Constitution won’t allow this power grab, and in the meantime, I will stand up for all Tennesseans.”

Lee, in his next tweet, quoted Biden’s own words on Thursday.

“‘This is not about freedom’ is a phrase that should never come out of a U.S. President’s mouth,” Lee wrote.

The Tennessee Star contacted Lee’s communications staff Friday and asked how, specifically, Lee plans to stand up for Tennesseans and fight the Biden administration. We also asked whether Lee has consulted or will consult with other governors on the matter. Lee’s communications staff did not return two requests for comment before Friday’s stated deadline.

Biden’s new mandate will use the U.S. Department of Labor to require all employers with more than 100 workers to have those employees vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19. That will affect about 80 million Americans, Biden said. Those employers must also provide paid time off for those employees to get vaccinated.

Biden added that he is signing executive orders to require all executive branch employees and federal government contractors to get vaccinated, and they do not have an option to take a COVID-19 test instead.

Biden said that those who are unvaccinated are “blocking public health,” and that “this is not about freedom or personal choice, it’s about protecting yourself and those around you.”

He also urged large entertainment venues such as sports arenas and movie theaters to require either vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry.

To Americans who are unvaccinated, Biden asked what more they have to wait for, as the COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe, convenient and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA has only given full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only available through FDA emergency use authorization.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]







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11 Thoughts to “Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Pushes Back Against Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate”

  1. Joni

    Wait until they threaten the federal funding ! If the want daddy’s money they will play by daddy’s rules ! This will happen because the way the funding is set up . Watch and see if all of these governors don’t buckle when there cut off the fed tit

  2. 83ragtop50

    I wonder if Lee actually believes what he is saying. He has not yet shown the backbone to take decisive actions that support individual rights an freedoms. In fact, his unending emergency orders closely resemble much of the unconstitutional overreach of Biden and his minions. And, of course, the Tennessee legislators have been MIA the whole time.

  3. JT

    Until I see the process start for Convention of States leading to secession this is nothing but hot air buying time for our destruction.

    Every freedom loving American needs to fully understand NO elected official is going to save you and your family. Until we are ready to bleed nothing is going to succeed!

  4. Mark Knofler

    Headline is misleading, Mr Lee isn’t really pushing back. More like dancing around the edges. His weakness is setting TN up for the Dems.

  5. Dave Vance

    Standing up requires a spine and I have seen no evidence Bill Lee or any other RINO actually has one. And standing up is not filing a federal lawsuit to allow the federal courts or the SC to determine the extent of federal power. Standing up for our state IAW the Constitution in a situation like this means not complying. All the Governor’s that claim to be conservative should agree to not comply with this.

  6. rick

    Democrats can take a life thru abortion, your body your choice, but not when it comes to their vaccine mandates and Dementia Joes unconstitutional order. Hypocrite trash Democrats. Democrats are a virus on America!

  7. LM

    Well , I hope he means it this time.

  8. Hank cincere

    Journalist should be asking why illegals flooding across the Southern border are NOT mandated.

  9. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    To be clear, an experimental gene therapy mislabeled as a vaccine is not the best way to handle a virus that has a 99% recovery rate. Alka Setlzer Cold Plus and Chicken Soup are safe and effective. Paid time off for sick days can slow any spread. If you are sick, stay home, rest. And throwing Dr. Fauci in the slammer for lying to Congress would be great to watch while on sick leave.

  10. nicky wicks

    thank goodness the R govs are standing up for the constitution.

    no joe, while pfizer’s named shot is ‘approved’ they have none of it ready, only the EUA approved version.

    1. Mark Knofler

      EPS approvals are done by….wait for it…. Fauci’s wife.