WH vaccine EOs inapplicable on Hill
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Sep 20, 2021
The recent White House executive orders (EOs) tightening COVID-19 vaccine mandates for federal employees apply exclusively to executive branch workers—they do not extend to workers on Capitol Hill.
A new fact-check report, put out by USA Today, reminds the public that we have a three-part federal government, with separation of powers among them.
The piece came in response to a spike in online disinformation, originating—according to the report—on Twitter, that claimed President Biden had specifically exempted Congress from the new requirement that executive branch employees be fully vaccinated by Nov. 22.
In fact, the White House made no special exemption for congressional staff or other legislative branch employees in its EOs. As the report points out, Congress and its more than 20,000 employees constitute a wholly separate self-regulating branch of government—and White House personnel mandates do not apply to its employees.