The bill provides $400 million in taxpayer dollars to fund "immunization system data modernization and expansion."
The immunization system is otherwise defined as "a confidential, population-based, computerized database that records immunization doses administered by any health care provider to persons within the geographic area covered by that database."
The result of the provision extends the capabilities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Public Health Department in sharing health data with the federal government.
On Wednesday, Rep. Mary Miller, R-Ill., one of the 130 Republicans who voted "no," argued to Breitbart that the legislation would enable the federal government to "track" unvaccinated Americans.
"These systems are designed to allow for the sharing of crucial information and maintenance of records. Do we really trust the government to protect our medical records?" Miller questioned.
Miller pointed out that the legislation provides blue states millions in taxpayer dollars to enforce vaccine mandates. The government may also develop "public-private partnerships" to help with "technical assistance, training, and related implementation support."
Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., who also voted "no," he said the legislation only serves to expand the power of the federal government and trample individual rights. He also cited fiscal concerns.
"This legislation would unnecessarily appropriate millions of taxpayer funds intended to expand bureaucracy in Washington. A database solely created to record and collect confidential vaccination information of Americans explicitly encroaches upon individuals’ fundamental right to medical privacy," Donalds conceded.
On Tuesday, the Biden Administration was blocked from enforcing two mandates requiring millions of American workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a crucial part of its strategy for controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty in Monroe, Louisiana, temporarily blocked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from enforcing its vaccine mandate for healthcare workers until the court can resolve legal challenges.
Doughty's ruling applied nationwide, except in ten states where the CMS was already prevented from enforcing the rule due to a previous order from a federal judge in St. Louis.
Doughty insisted the CMS lacked the authority to issue a vaccine mandate that would require more than 2 million unvaccinated healthcare workers to get a coronavirus shot. "There is no question that mandating a vaccine to 10.3 million healthcare workers is something that should be done by Congress, not a government agency," wrote Doughty.
U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove in Frankfort, Kentucky, blocked the Administration from enforcing a regulation that new government contracts must include clauses requiring that contractors' employees get vaccinated.