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How Michigan reps voted on ending traveler vaccine mandate

Along party lines, Michigan’s delegation to U.S. House votes to keep forcing foreign visitors to take shots

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took a trip through Europe in January to stir up business for Michigan. But would-be foreign investors in Michigan face an obstacle in their travels to the U.S.: a requirement that they be vaccinated for COVID-19.

On Feb. 8, the U.S. House voted 227-201 in favor of House Resolution 185. Its purpose is “to terminate the requirement imposed by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for proof of COVID-19 vaccination for foreign travelers, and for other purposes.”

Some 220 Republicans in the House majority supported the bill, which was introduced by Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Kentucky. Two did not vote.

Meanwhile, seven Democrats crossed party lines to support the bill, compared to 201 who voted no, and four who did not vote.

House Resolution 185 follows other House votes to terminate the COVID-19 emergency. The same week one of the bills passed, President Joe Biden announced that the federal COVID-19 emergency would end on May 11.

Every one of Michigan’s 13 Congressional representatives cast a vote on House Resolution 185. As has been the pattern in the 118th Congress, Michigan’s congressional delegation voted along party lines.

Voting yes to end the vaccine mandate for foreign travelers to America were:

Voting no to continue the vaccine mandate for foreign travelers to America were:

House Resolution 185 would need to pass the U.S. Senate and be signed by President Joe Biden to pass into law.

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