Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has come under heavy criticism for trying to block Washington, DC’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who is DC’s delegate to Congress, said Cruz’s efforts “go beyond the bounds.”
“He crosses the line, and I have to tell you that he often does, when meddling in the affairs of another congressman,” Norton told the Dallas Morning News.
“The idea of inserting itself into an issue involving the requirement of the COVID-19 vaccine for students is particularly serious when you consider the repercussions, especially for young children,” she added.
Norton noted that Cruz often defended local control of local businesses, concluding that she did not expect Cruz to get involved in the matter in Washington.
“This is a congressional issue that you wouldn’t expect a member like Ted Cruz to be involved in, as he is one of the members who insist on supporting local control of local businesses and don’t want Congress , the House or the Senate are involved. in his own business, ”Norton said.
Norton’s comments come after Cruz announced he would introduce legislation to quash DC’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for schoolchildren.
“These mandates, we see them everywhere. You know, we see them in schools. It’s amazing how many Democrats are willing to try and force parents to get their child vaccinated, ”Cruz said in an interview with conservative scholar Ben Shapiro. “I’m going to tell you that the District of Columbia – the school board – voted to force all children in Washington to get vaccinated. This week I present a bill in the Senate to reverse this order. Under the Constitution, the District of Columbia is under the authority of Congress.
“The school board does not have the right to force you to vaccinate your five-year-old child,” he added. If you want to immunize your child, have them immunized. But if you don’t want to, who are these little bosses trying to make this decision for you? And unfortunately, it is a model that we see in all areas. “
Last month, the DC Council voted to require that eligible students in schools in the district be vaccinated against COVID-19, a response to a wave of nationwide cases that have been attributed to the highly contagious variant of Omicron. The law also requires that daycare educators be vaccinated before March 1.