FIRST ON FOX: Top GOP House lawmakers on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee called on President Biden Thursday to reverse his COVID-19 mandates and warned it could have adverse effects on the airline industry.
In a letter obtained by Fox News to the president, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., and Aviation Subcommittee ranking member Garret Graves, R-La., expressed “serious concerns” over White House pressure on U.S. airlines.
“The administration’s decision to target passenger air carrier employees for COVID-19 vaccine mandates and encourage their firing should they not comply has no basis in any COVID-related statute passed by Congress,” the pair wrote.
The letter comes after reports surfaced last week suggesting the White House was putting added pressure on top airlines to enforce a vaccine mandate for all employees.
Last month, the president signed an executive order requiring all workers in the executive branch to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
But in addition, Biden signed an order that requires businesses with more than 100 workers to mandate coronavirus vaccinations.
Most federal employees will be required to be vaccinated by Nov. 22, while government contractors will have until Dec. 8 to