(USA Features) Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he will oppose efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mandate that cruise lines in his state require passengers to be vaccinated for COVID-19 before carriers can begin operations again.
In an interview with Breitbart News, DeSantis noted that he recently signed legislation banning so-called ‘COVID passports’ and that he would ensure his administration enforced the law.
The issue came up after cruise lines said they would follow CDC guidance and essentially dared him to try and enforce his ban.
Calling the mandate “discriminatory because we have 100 million-plus Americans who have recovered from COVID,” DeSantis went on to say that a great deal of Americans have had the virus and are immune.
“They have immunity. Many of them are not getting vaccinated because they’re already immune. So we don’t believe that that’s good policy to allow that,” he said, blasting the CDC over its guidance.
He went on to say that he would “not even be having this discussion about cruise lines had we not sued the CDC because really they don’t have a leg to stand on.”
“They’re basically saying, Congress has delegated them carte blanche authority to do whatever the hell they want to with cruise ships,” the governor continued.
“And so like a vaccine passport, look, obviously I’m not supportive of it, but even people who support, you have to admit, it’s a controversial matter, and it would absolutely require Congress to be the one to authorize that,” DeSantis said.
“And I would oppose it if they tried to do that, but clearly, you can’t just say a bureaucracy can do whatever the heck they want.”