WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday that if he were governor, he would let employers and school boards decide whether to implement mask and vaccine mandates.
McConnell appeared to be implicitly taking issue with Republican governors including Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas who had previously announced bans on such mandates that are now being legally challenged in courts.
“Some employers are requiring that. I don’t think it’s the business of the government, certainly not the federal government, [to make that recommendation],” McConnell told The Owensboro Times in an interview Monday when asked for his thoughts on requiring vaccines in the workplace.
He continued, “The governors basically deal with issues like those and mask mandates and that sort of thing. If I were governor, I’d leave the issue of masks and vaccines up to school boards and employers.”
On Capitol Hill, masks are required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the House but they are not required on the Senate side. Three senators tested positive for Covid last week in breakthrough infections.