On Friday, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) introduced the “COVID-19 Federal Employee Reinstatement Act.” If passed, Rep. Gaetz’s legislation will provide financial compensation or full reinstatement for federal employees forced to resign from their careers between September 9th, 2021 – January 24th, 2022, due to the federal COVID–19 vaccination mandate.
During the House Armed Service Committee markup of the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last year, Congressman Gaetz introduced a similar amendment. The NDAA amendment expressed through the sense of Congress that service members who were separated from the military after rejecting the COVID-19 vaccine mandate should be reinstated with their full rank and pay.
“Forcing public servants to choose between destroying their livelihood or complying with immoral demands from the federal government is sickening. The Biden administration should have never forced federal employees to resign due to the vaccine mandate. Reinstating and compensating these individuals is the first step toward reconciliation. Vaccine mandates have no place in a free country,” said Congressman Gaetz.
Full text of Congressman Gaetz’s COVID-19 Federal Employee Reinstatement Act can be found HERE.