With two Democratic votes, the Senate passed a resolution Wednesday night to nullify President Biden’s vaccine mandate for large private employers.
Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana joined all 50 Republican senators in voting to repeal the requirement that companies with 100 or more employees ensure that every worker is vaccinated against COVID-19.
Several federal courts have halted Biden’s mandates. A federal appeals court in New Orleans has suspended the private-employer requirement. On Tuesday, a federal court in Georgia said the president’s vaccine requirement for federal contractors exceeded his authority. Last week, a court blocked a requirement that most health-care workers get vaccinated.
The Congressional Review Act established a fast-track process in the Senate that allows the minority party to force a vote on a resolution to disapprove of a federal rule. However, the House does not have a fast-track process, and the Senate’s passage of the resolution sets up a battle between the chambers, The Hill said.
Republicans plan to circulate a discharge petition to force House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to schedule a vote on the resolution.
Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., told The Hill there’s a good chance House Republicans will get enough signatures to force the vote.
Every Republican would sign the petition, he said, “so I think we just need five or six Democrats over there.”
He pointed out there are 30 Democrats “in swing districts that are going to have to” take a hard look at signing the discharge petition.
Biden is expected to veto the resolution if it passes both chambers. But Braun argues the president’s vaccine mandate would suffer a major political blow if bipartisan majorities in both the Senate and the House vote to overturn it.
Only 14% of employed Americans support firing workers who refuse to get vaccinated, according to an Axios-Ipsos poll published in late November. However, a Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday showed that voters overall are split, with 50% saying they favor the private mandate, while 47% are opposed.
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