Rick Scott, Marco Rubio say mandatory jabs kill jobs
Rick Scott and Marco Rubio.

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The senators pointed to a Federal Reserve analysis.

Armed with an anecdote from the Federal Reserve, Florida’s U.S. Senators decried vaccine mandates as job killers on Thursday.

The Oct. 20 iteration of the Fed’s Beige Book depicted vaccine mandates as depressing the job market.

“Firms reported high turnover, as workers left for other jobs or retired. Child-care issues and vaccine mandates were widely cited as contributing to the problem, along with COVID-related absences,” reads the analysis.

Sen. Rick Scott said “the Federal Reserve admitted what I have been warning about for weeks: Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates are causing higher turnover, driving Americans out of their jobs and further fueling the devastating supply chain and inflation crises plaguing American families.”

“Everything Joe Biden does makes things worse for families and businesses in Florida and across America. President Biden must rescind his proposed unconstitutional vaccine mandate. I’ll never stop fighting to stop Biden’s fear-mongering, socialist madness,” Scott added.

Scott has offered energetic arguments against vaccine mandates on a regular basis, including positing that his adopted father who passed away in 2006 hypothetically would have been fired over refusing the vaccine.

Scott made the previous comments during a press conference with Republican caucus leadership Tuesday.

“My adopted father was a truck driver. He’d be in high demand today,” Scott said. “But what does the Biden Administration want to do? They want to say that he wouldn’t get to keep his job if he had any concern about taking the vaccine. So if he had any concern about taking the vaccine, he would lose his job.”

It is unknown whether the senior Scott would have harbored “concern about taking the vaccine.”

Sen. Marco Rubio offered less voluminous commentary, via a tweet spotlighting the Beige Book report.

“The Federal Reserve reports that vaccine mandates are contributing to our worker shortage,” he wrote.

Rubio, like Scott, is on the record repeatedly opposing the vaccine mandate.

“But at the end of the day, it’s up to people to make that decision,” Rubio said this summer. “The government, in a free society such as ours, there’s only so much that they can do. They can provide information. We can debunk things that aren’t true. We can provide access. It’s ultimately up to people individually to make that decision.”

Regional variations persisted in the impacts these mandates have.

“Manufacturing contacts reported higher labor turnover that some attributed to the lagged effects of the pandemic, and that others had seen in response to vaccine mandates — although one firm said that its vaccine mandate had not caused any quits,” the Boston Fed asserted.

Some places, such as the area served by the Philadelphia Fed, saw “relatively few resignations.”

Florida is resisting vaccine mandates.

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants a Special Session next month to protect the rights of people who want to refuse the shot. Senate and House leadership have suggested that one way forward could be to exempt Florida from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • PeterH

    October 21, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Rick Scott and Marco Rubio have zero proof of their statement. They are two incompetent wingnuts modeling their twice impeached lying racist birther fraud hero Donald Trump!

    Join fellow conservatives seeking a new direction for a real conservative agenda. Join us at the ever growing and expanding “never Trump” organization The Lincoln Project or more than a half dozen alternate conservative venues designed to destroy today’s Republican Party!

    • Jerry

      October 21, 2021 at 7:33 pm

      The Lincoln Project… the organization that was busted when its leaders were sexually harassing male interns. Were you involved in that, Peter?

      And you say you support a “real conservative agenda.” What exactly is a real conservative agenda in your opinion? More pointless and endless wars? More global trade policies that ship American jobs overseas? More endless debt spending? Endless immigration? Vaccine mandates?

      What exactly is conservatism in your mind? And I’m not talking about Trump or DeSantis. Leave them out of it for a minute. I’m talking about policy positions. What conservative policies do you support?

      • zhombre

        October 21, 2021 at 8:42 pm

        You can pose questions about what a “real conservative agenda” looks like but this mouthy, pretentious PeterH never answers. Because he has no answer. He’s another liberal Dem, or Vichy Republican. An apologist for a demented, corrupt hack like Biden.

        • nail

          October 21, 2021 at 9:25 pm

          PeterH is correct. Look at who the GOP in and out of office are supporting. Through the Lincoln Group the GOP helped us with 7% of Bidens votes last year. There are thousands of them who will not vote for a trumpet. He is endorsing only QAnon members and screwballs. When it comes down to it, would you elect a Mark Taylor Greene to Congress again? Never happened for the moderates or Conservatives.
          Those GOP who helped Biden through The Lincoln Group are at it bigger and better this year. They are supporting Democrats and Independents in 2022 and 2024. They understand the need to get rid of the scum in office now and forever. They will take the hit for the next few years vs loosing our Democracy. If trump gets in again, there is no doubt that the Russian flag will be over the White House! and you should be afraid…

        • nail

          October 21, 2021 at 9:28 pm

          “You Literally Can’t Believe The Facts Tucker Carlson Tells You. So Say Fox’s Lawyers”

          Change the channel! You may learn something.

          • zhombre

            October 21, 2021 at 9:34 pm

            Have a nice life and continue watching Rachel Maddow.

      • nail

        October 21, 2021 at 9:14 pm

        One anonymous employee does not constitute a whole business. But trumpets do. Over 200 arrests for rape, sex trafficking, sexual assault, insider trading, theft of campaign funds. Just a few of the charges against some of the GQP in Congress.
        What please tell us have you heard of ONE policy position from any of the GQP in Congress. There was a GQP Congressman when asked this question said, “refer to trump, he has our positions.” What is that? Perpetuate the big lie? Oh yes, that is going to get them votes.“If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ’22 or ’24,” trump threatened.
        The FL GQP has lost 733,451 since April 30, 2021.
        The FL Democrats has gained 459,915 since April 30, 2021.
        Where do you think this is heading for 2022?

  • Claude Kirk

    October 22, 2021 at 10:53 am

    I predict Rubio will be defeated by another Republican this midterm. Scott will likely hang on for another term. The problem with both is they have been in DC too long and both have morphed into swamp creatures over the years.
    Both SAY a lot but both dont DO a lot.
    Both slackers are now in the position where they will have to tell their constituents what they have done for them lately because their constituents at this time have no idea what these 2 have done for them lately.
    And THAT is NOT how you hold on to a legislative seat. All talk and no action is not how you get re elected.


    October 25, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Rick Scott OMG Organized Mafia Government EU K 2 Y ONE manufacturing contaminated products Columbia Distribution USA

  • same ole

    October 27, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    well is this not a stupid show

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