(USA Features) The House Freedom Caucus chair is pushing back on President Joe Biden’s suggestion that federally-supported “surge teams” of volunteers may have to go door-to-door to push for more Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
The suggestion from the president and members of his administration came earlier this week after the administration failed to attain its goal of having 70% of adults vaccinated prior to the July 4th holiday.
In a letter to the president, the caucus’ chairman, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., asked Biden to explain his “constitutional and statutory authority” such an initiative.
“Your administration’s decision to go door-to-door to coerce individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccine is deeply disturbing and violates the privacy of Americans,” the caucus’ nearly three dozen GOP lawmakers wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Fox News.
“The private health information of millions of Americans should never be a matter of concern for the federal government. Americans must be free to make their own personal health choices,” the letter continued.
In a statement to the network, Biggs explained his rationale behind sending the letter and pushing back on the proposal.
“Door-to-door vaccine checks on Americans are a blatant abuse of government authority and a pure power play by the Biden administration,” he said.
“The federal government has no right to track the private health information of Americans or to intimidate people into getting the vaccine,” Biggs added.
Conservatives have been pushing back on the administration since Biden made his remarks on Tuesday.
“Now we need to go community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood and often times door-to-door – literally knocking on doors – to get help to the remaining people protected from the virus,” he said.
Also, White House press secretary Jen Psaki made reference to the initiative, citing the need for a “targeted community door-to-door outreach” in order to “get remaining Americans vaccinated by ensuring that they have the information they need on how both safe and accessible the vaccine is.”
On Thursday, Psaki pushed back on suggestions that the effort was federally sponsored.
“These are grassroots voices across the country. They are not members of the government, they are not federal government employees,” she said.
“They are volunteers, they are clergy, they are trusted voices in communities that are playing this role and door-knocking,” she added.