Wasserman Schultz: To Beat COVID, Schools, Businesses Need Flexibility – Not State Intrusion

Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) joined U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21) to unveil legislation to allow local governments, agencies, and private businesses to implement common sense public health and safety measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, including requirements such as social distancing, masks, vaccination, and testing. 

Wasserman Schultz joined with Reps. Charlie Crist (FL-13), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Hank Johnson (GA-04), and Darren Soto (FL-09) to introduce Frankel’s Let Our Cities and Local businesses Help Employees Achieve Long-Term Health (LOCAL HEALTH) Act.

“To really beat this virus, we need to be smart and elastic. That requires collaboration, science, and flexibility. My friend Lois’s LOCAL HEALTH Act does exactly that,” Wasserman Schultzsaid at today’s press conference. “This bill affirms the right of public and private employers, including schools, to implement measures that mitigate COVID-19 threats – without state interference. Whether that’s adopting vaccine, testing, or face covering requirements, or taking other safety measures recommended by the CDC, local businesses and officials need the flexibility to use all those tools, instead of having their hands tied. Especially in our State, where Gov. DeSantis’s plan to beat COVID relies on weapons of ignorance, apathy, and schoolyard bullying.”