Scalise Urges House Republicans to Block Vaccine Money As He Promotes Anti-Vaxxers

February 22, 2021

Less than one week after urging House Republicans to block $160 billion in funding for vaccines to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, Minority Whip Steve Scalise is using his position to elevate Republicans who have publicly urged Americans not to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Scalise is scheduled to lead a CPAC panel with Wayne Dupree, a Republican activist who has repeatedly cast doubt on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and encouraged Americans not to take it.

The move follows Scalise’s widely criticized decision to undermine American democracy and repeat the ‘Big Lie’ about the 2020 presidential election on ABC’s ‘This Week’.

Republicans have publicly complained about their inability to mount public opposition to the bipartisan American Rescue Plan’s push to crush the COVID-19 virus, including funding to speed up the distribution of vaccines and expand testing and contact tracing. Turning to vaccine skeptics is a reckless and dangerous escalation of Republican efforts to put partisanship over crushing the virus and creating 10 million American jobs.

House Republicans may not like the American Rescue Plan’s push towards ending the COVID-19 pandemic. But their constituents do.

The President’s American Rescue Plan will crush the virus, return children safely to the classroom, get vaccines to the people, put dollars into families’ pockets and put people back to work:

  • Beat the virus and safely reopen schools – The plan will mount a national vaccination program that includes setting up community vaccination sites nationwide.  It will also take complementary measures to combat the virus, including scaling up testing and tracing, addressing shortages of personal protective equipment and other critical supplies, investing in high-quality treatments and addressing health care disparities.  The plan will also make the investments necessary to safely reopen schools.