Congressman Pappas criticizes the Biden Mandates, “We’ve been pushing back against the Administration’s mandate for vaccinations andIn an interview with WGIR’S Chris Ryan, the Representative from the First Congressional District, Chris Pappas evaluates the Biden Administration’s response to the Omicron COVID outbreak; assesses the effect of inflation on small businesses in New Hampshire; criticizes the Biden vaccine mandate; and speaks out against the proposed Congressional District maps.
When he was asked if the Biden Administration has mishandled the COVID pandemic, Congressman Pappas was somewhat critical.
“The President should have done a better job of setting expectations for the country last summer when infection rates were low…We need an administration that is going to ensure that this country is well resourced and prepared for the future, and I have seen positive steps in that direction.”
The Congressman expressed his belief that the current shortage of testing equipment was the result of wishful thinking last summer on the part of President Biden that the worst of the pandemic was over.
Congressman Pappas, who chairs the Small Business Caucus, enumerated several ways that inflation is affecting small businesses in the Granite State: increased cost of goods; supply chain disruptions; and, most importantly, a labor shortage. An additional problem, which businesses are experiencing, is that COVID makes it difficult to plan for the future.
Another problem for businesses, according to the Congressman, is the Biden Administration’s mandate which forces businesses with over one hundred employees to get vaccinated.
“We’ve been pushing back against the Administration’s mandate for vaccinations and testing…I think that it comes from a good place, but it is not realistic or workable based on the situation on the ground.”
In the final segment of the interview, Congressman Pappas expressed his disapproval of the of redrawn district lines which are being proposed by the state legislature.
“The maps as they have been proposed are not the New Hampshire way and not consistent with how this state has drawn maps for hundreds of years…Voters should be picking winners and losers in elections, not politicians in Concord.” testing…I think that it comes from a good place, but it is not realistic or workable based on the situation on the ground.”