The Senate voted Wednesday night to reject the Biden administration’s proposed regulation requiring big private firms to make their employees be vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 or fear losing their jobs.
The vote was 52-48, with two Democrats – West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Montana Sen. Jon Tester – joining all Republicans in opposing the measure.
The election is mostly symbolic. The bill appears unlikely to be taken up by Democratic leaders in the House, and the White House has stated that President Biden will veto it if it reaches his desk.
Republicans utilized the Congressional Review Act, which permits Congress to repeal federal rules with a simple majority vote in both the Senate and the House.
Prior to the vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stated his strong opposition to the legislation and labeled advocates of repealing the requirement as anti-vaxxers, despite the fact that numerous clearly stated they believed in vaccinations but not mandates.
Braun, who is pro-vaccine and has been vaccinated, termed the Biden administration’s demand “the heavy hand of government” and “overreach,” and claimed his phone had been ringing off the line with calls from residents opposing the mandate.
According to a September Gallup survey, the majority of Americans support private corporations forcing their employees to get vaccinated. When divided by party, an overwhelming majority of Democrats (94%) support such requirements, while just 19% of Republicans do. Another Gallup poll from September found that 56 percent of Republicans and 92 percent of Democrats were completely or partly vaccinated.
Opposition to vaccination mandates has become a political issue for red-state governors and other Republicans, and varying requirements have resulted in a flurry of court battles. Last month, the United States The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ordered the government to stop requiring immunizations or regular testing for firms with 100 or more employees, citing “severe constitutional issues.”
A district court judge in Georgia ruled on Tuesday that the administration’s requirement that all government contractors get vaccinated by January 4 was unconstitutional. An earlier court verdict barred the administration from enforcing vaccinations for healthcare workers.
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