This week, the Federal Reserve released its Beige Book, a report exploring financial progress and labor across the United States. Citing its reference of vaccine mandates and the effects they may have on the job market, both Florida Senators Marco Rubio (R) and Rick Scott (R) are arguing that mandates are affecting employment in a negative way.
As the White House indicated that it planned on vaccinating 28 million children between the ages of 5 and 11, Scott asserted that “Biden must rescind his… unconstitutional vaccine mandate.”
Florida GOP officials have pushed back against President Biden’s vaccine mandate, calling it unconstitutional and “divisive.”
“You are trying to take people’s jobs away over this,” Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said during a press conference in Naples on the Job Growth Grant Fund.
The Florida Senators have echoed in the Governor’s remarks, but now they’ve cited the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book as providing evidence that vaccine mandates are detrimental to the job market in the country.
In the Beige Book, the Federal Reserve informed that “firms reported high turnover, as workers left for other jobs or retired,” adding that “child-care issues and vaccine mandates were widely cited as contributing to the problem, along with COVID-related absences.”
In response, Scott said that he has long been warning that “Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates are causing higher turnover, driving Americans out of their jobs and further fueling the devastating supply chain and inflation crisis plaguing American families.”
The former Governor of Florida added that “everything Joe Biden does makes things worse for families and businesses in Florida and across America,” asserting that the President “must rescind his proposed unconstitutional vaccine mandate.”
Rubio, while not providing an extensive commentary on the Federal Reserve’s report, simply released a tweet commenting that “the Federal Reserve reports that vaccine mandates are contributing to our worker shortage.”