In a huge win for Americans on Wednesday, the Senate voted to veto President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses.
The vote was close, but Republicans came out on top with the help of Democratic Senators Jon Tester and Joe Manchin. Now the bill will go to the House for a vote.
The Hill reports:
The resolution faces an uphill path in the House, where Republicans aren’t able to use a similar fast-track process to force a vote over the objections of Democratic leadership. Instead, Republicans are hoping to get the simple majority needed to force a vote through a discharge petition, which will require support from a handful of House Democrats.
But Republicans view Wednesday’s Senate vote as a significant win, and it’s the first time they’ve been able to use the Congressional Review Act to successfully get a resolution targeting a Biden rule through the Senate.
The mandate in question was published through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and ordered businesses with 100 employees or more to require the COVID-19 vaccine or be forced to undergo weekly testing.
Republicans have maintained that such a stretch is an overreach of the federal government and also violates Americans' civil liberties.
Sen. Mike Braun (Ind.), who spearheaded the GOP resolution, said that Americans should get vaccinated “unless they have a good reason” but called the vaccine requirement an “ultimatum” that has “mainstream America scared.”
“That is the heavy hand of government, that is overreach and that is my phone started ringing off the hook,” he said. “I hope that members in the House, Democrats in places, check with your constituents.”
Manchin and Tester both voted for the GOP resolution on Wednesday after they joined all other Democrats last week in voting against defunding the mandate as part of the short-term funding bill.
Manchin argued in a statement that the federal government “should incentivize, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19.”
Tester added this week that he’s not “crazy about mandates.”
One thing I know is that we would not have these mandates under former President Donald Trump! Let's go Brandon!
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