Republicans Pass Resolution to Block Vaccine Mandate

Republicans Stop Vaccine Mandate Measure in Senate

( – This fall, President Joe Biden announced a mandate requiring businesses with over 100 employees to ensure their workers either receive the coronavirus vaccine or submit to regular COVID-19 testing starting January 4, 2022. GOP lawmakers called it out for its clear overreach and took the matter to the courts. However, while the cases work through the legal system, Republicans in the Senate used the Congressional Review Act to stop the mandate in their chamber.

A Symbolic Stop to Government Overreach

On Wednesday, December 8, all 50 Senate Republicans, joined by Democrats Jon Tester (D-MT) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), used the Congressional Review Act to vote on a resolution to stop Biden’s workplace mandate. In November, a US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit issued a ruling currently blocking the mandate. The ruling states the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can’t enforce the requirement before “adequate judicial review.”

While the Senate resolution does not have enough momentum in the House to even hit a vote, the 52-48 win in the Senate sent a clear message to Democrats that Conservatives are not okay with the heavy hand the government is using in the mandate.

This move showed Americans their lawmakers’ commitments to ensuring their businesses operate without excessive government restrictions and their employees can maintain medical freedom.

Lawmakers React to the Mandate and the Vote

Manchin, who has stood up to the Democratic party multiple times since the pandemic started, stated he would rather Biden “incentivize, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19.” Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) echoed a similar sentiment when he declared that while he was “pro-vaccine,” he is also “anti-mandate because I’m pro-worker.”

On the flip side, Democrats strongly criticized the GOP-led resolution, calling it “ridiculous.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) equated it to tying America’s “own hands behind our backs.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki shared the administration’s support of Democrats, telling listeners during a press conference on Tuesday, December 7, President Biden would veto any measure repealing the mandate if it managed to make it to his desk.

Moving Forward – Without a Mandate?

Currently, the Biden administration is battling the legal system to reinstate the mandate before its January 4 start date. However, it seems more and more Americans and their representatives are demanding an end to the directives and restrictions placed on them. While Wednesday’s vote was largely symbolic, it does restore many Americans’ hope lawmakers will continue to fight for their good.

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