Wednesday, January 26

Senate votes to revoke Biden vaccination mandate for businesses

(CNN) — The Senate voted Wednesday night to revoke President Joe Biden’s vaccination or testing mandate targeting private companies with 100 or more employees.

While it likely won’t become law, as your chances of getting a vote in the House of Representatives are uncertain and Biden will likely veto it, the effort demonstrates bipartisan opposition in Congress to the federal government’s vaccination mandate for the large employers.

The effort was led by Indiana Republican Senator Mike Braun, and it only needed a simple majority of 51 votes to pass that chamber.

The final vote was 52-48. Two Democrats, Senators Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, joined their 50 Republican colleagues in voting to revoke the mandate.

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In September, Biden announced that it would order the Department of Labor to require all companies with 100 or more employees to have their workers fully vaccinated or undergo weekly covid-19 tests and wear face masks. The emergency rule was issued in November, prompting lawsuits from Republican-led states and private employers, but also from liberal-leaning unions.

Last month, the federal appeals court temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s vaccination rules, which would go into effect on January 4. Since then, the multiple lawsuits against the mandate have been consolidated and reassigned to a federal appeals court in Ohio, with many hoping the case will end before the US Supreme Court.

Last month, Senate Republicans presented your challenge to Biden’s tenure under the Congressional Review Act, a legislative tool that allows Congress to reverse a rule of the executive branch.

Braun and other Senate Republicans have argued that the vaccination mandate is a transfer of authority by the federal government and puts more pressure on already struggling companies, while also insisting that vaccines are a personal choice.

Last week, Congress faced a deadline to fund the government, some Senate Republicans threatened to force a government shutdown unless they had a vote on an amendment that would prohibit the use of federal funds for COVID-19 vaccination mandates. 19 from Biden. However, the amendment ultimately failed on a 50-48 vote.

While voting to extend government funding through February to avoid a shutdown, Manchin announced that he had signed as a co-sponsor of the Republican resolution to repeal the vaccination requirement for businesses and will “strongly support it.”

“I’ve long said that we should encourage, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19,” said the West Virginia Democrat it’s a statement In the past week.

Manchin is not the only Democrat voicing support for the revocation of the vaccination mandate.

Explaining his opposition to the vaccination requirement, Tester said he “repeatedly heard the concerns of Montana community and small business leaders about the negative effect the vaccination mandate for private companies will have on their bottom line and our state’s economy. “.

“That is why I intend to join the bipartisan majority of my colleagues in defending Montana jobs and small businesses against these burdensome regulations,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell previously told Fox News that the Senate will vote on the resolution this week, adding that he believes it will have “a good chance of being passed in the Senate.”

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized the Republican-led challenge to the vaccination mandate as an “anti-science, anti-vaccine vote.”

“If their plans go into effect, covid will linger longer and the possibility of new variants and new more dangerous variants will increase,” Schumer said on Capitol Hill. “It’s anti-science, anti-common sense, it doesn’t make sense.”

However, many companies have voluntarily implemented security measures early in the COVID-19 pandemic to protect their employees and customers, and are moving forward with vaccination mandates regardless of whether the courts override or abide by the Biden administration’s regulations. .

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