80 House Republicans—including Reps. Dan Crenshaw (TX), Adam Kinzinger (IL), Kevin McCarthy (CA), Young Kim (CA)—voted in favor of a Democrat-sponsored bill that will upgrade an “Orwellian” federal vaccine database used to “track” unvaccinated Americans.
- Eighty Republicans voted (see list below) with Democrats on Tuesday to pass H.R. 550, the ‘Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act,’ which seeks to “improve immunization information data quality” of “all personal data elements recommended by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC),” according to the bill.
- H.R. 550 is sponsored by Rep. Ann M. Kuster (D-NH) and cosponsored by 10 other Democrats and four Republicans.
- The bill seeks to improve “incomplete patient records” by creating a “computerized database that records immunization doses administered by any health care provider to persons within the geographic area covered by that database.”
- This information will be accessible via “cloud storage.”
- Financial grants authorized by the bill “will be used to assist public health departments in improving data quality” by “supporting activities to improve the scheduling and administration of vaccinations.”
- H.R. 550 will promote vaccine record data collection by “developing and disseminating information related to the use and importance of immunization record data” to “health care providers and other relevant entities.”
- H.R. 550 will also “authorize $400 million for the Secretary of Health and Human Services to improve and expand immunization information systems (IIS).”
- This money will support “real-time immunization record data exchange and reporting to support rapid identification of immunization coverage gaps.”
- Such a monumental task will require the “Secretary to develop and utilize contracts and cooperative agreements for technical assistance, training, and related implementation support.”
- The bill still needs Senate approval before it can be signed into law.
- Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL), one of the 130 Republicans to vote ‘no,’ told Breitbart that the legislation would enable the federal government to “track” unvaccinated Americans who “will be targeted and forced to comply with Biden’s crazy ‘global vaccination’ vision.”
- “These systems are designed to allow for the sharing of crucial information and maintenance of records. Do we really trust the government to protect our medical records?” Miller asked. “The bill’s author even bragged in her press release that these systems will help the government remind patients when they are due for a recommended vaccine and identify areas with low vaccination rates to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines. This was clearly a legislative tool to enforce vaccine mandates and force their Orwellian rules onto those who do not comply.”
- Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who voted ‘yes’ on the bill, posted a video on Instagram alleging legislators “crafted this bill to put safeguards in place, ensure ALL the data is anonymous and non-trackable.” But no section of the bill explains how this will be done. While part of one sentence in its more than 1,700-word text briefly mentions supporting the “maintenance” of “security standards to protect individually identifiable health information,” no section of the bill elaborates on any new “safeguards” for improving or ensuring “anonymity” for American citizens’ private vaccination status. The terms “safeguard,” “anonymous,” and “non-trackable” do not appear in the bill.
READ THE FULL BILL HERE.
PURPOSE & SUMMARY OF H.R. 550:
The Bill reads: “H.R. 550, the ‘Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2021,’ authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to conduct activities, including designating data and technology standards, developing public-private partnerships, and awarding grants or cooperative agreements to health departments, in order to expand, enhance, and improve immunization information systems (IIS).”
REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED TO PASS H.R. 550 (CLICK NAME FOR CONTACT INFORMATION):
|Jacobs (NY)||Republican||New York||YEA|
|Murphy (NC)||Republican||North Carolina||YEA|
|Smith (NJ)||Republican||New Jersey||YEA|
|Wilson (SC)||Republican||South Carolina||YEA|
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) also voted “no” on the bill, citing “Democrats’ habitual pattern of reckless and wasteful spending” in an exclusive statement to Breitbart News. The congressman said the legislation only serves to expand the power of the federal government and trample individual rights.
“This legislation would unnecessarily appropriate millions of taxpayer funds intended to expand bureaucracy in Washington. A database solely created to record and collect confidential vaccination information of Americans explicitly encroaches upon individuals’ fundamental right to medical privacy,” Donalds said. “As a fiscal conservative, I cannot in good faith support legislation that contributes to the Democrats’ habitual pattern of reckless and wasteful spending and the intrusive heavy hand of government.”
Miller noted that the legislation paves the way for the government to give blue states millions in taxpayers funds to enforce vaccine mandates. According to the bill’s text, the government could award grants and cooperative agreements to health departments or other local governmental entities for agreeing to adopt the new data collection guidelines set by the CDC. Any agencies hoping to receive a grant must agree to comply with security standards to protect personal health information.
The government may also develop “public-private partnerships” to help with “technical assistance, training, and related implementation support.” When Breitbart News asked Miller if public-private partnerships could potentially obscure data collection activities from the public, she said the government cannot be trusted to be transparent.
“…The government has become so large, you cannot expect them to keep anything private anymore. There is hardly any congressional oversight into studies these agencies conduct,” she added.
Miller contended that the government has “no reason” to collect more vaccination data on Americans.
“As I’ve said many times before, the government is not your doctor. The federal government has no business inserting itself into private healthcare matters of Americans. There is no reason for them to collect this data, it is an affront to our liberties and health freedoms,” she said. “This kind of legislation is always passed because the government has its hands in everything nowadays, often at the expense of the freedoms and privacy of Americans. This bill would allow the government to collect, study, and share your private health data. There are endless ways the government could potentially use that information against you – purposefully and accidentally.”
Jon Fleetwood is Managing Editor for American Faith and author of “An American Revival: Why American Christianity Is Failing & How to Fix It.“