Gov. Mark Gordon spoke out against President Biden's plans to require businesses with greater than 100 employees require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing from employees. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

WYOMING — Governor Mark Gordon issued a statement condemning the recent release of the Biden Administrations COVID-19 action plan, entitled “the path out of the pandemic.”

The multi-faceted six-part plan aims to vaccinate the unvaccinated, protect the vaccinated, keep schools open, increase testing and requiring masks, protect the economy and improve care for those with COVID-19.

As part of vaccinating the unvaccinated, actions will be made by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to implement vaccine requirements.

“OSHA is developing a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work. OSHA will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement this requirement. This requirement will impact over 80 million workers in private sector businesses with 100+ employees.”

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon responded to this aspect of the plan in a statement released by his office on Sept. 9.

“The Biden Administration’s announcement to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing for private businesses is an egregious example of big government overreach,” Gordon said.

“Our Constitution was written and fought for to protect our liberties as American citizens. This administration’s latest pronouncement demonstrates its complete disregard for the rule of law and the freedoms individuals and private companies enjoy under our Constitution. In Wyoming, we believe that government must be held in check.”

I have asked the Attorney General to stand prepared to take all actions to oppose this administration’s unconstitutional overreach of executive power. It has no place in America. Not now, and not ever.”

During a recent appearance in Jackson, Gordon spoke about how Wyoming has faired during the pandemic. “We’ve defeated this [COVID-19] once before, we know what it takes, being distanced, washing our hands, being mindful of others, being kind, wearing a mask when you can’t be socially distanced.”

“Now I respect people’s choices for themselves but in this environment, in this world, I think it is extremely important that we recognize that we are a community and what we do together can be very successful in defeating the virus,” Gordon said.

Gordon and his wife Jennie are both vaccinated.



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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.