The Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution to overturn President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses with 100 or more employees.
Running news: Democratic Sens. John Tester (Mont.) and Joe Manchin (W. Va.) backed the Republican-led motion, which required a simple majority of 51 votes to be approved by the Senate under the Congressional Review Act.
- The motion is unlikely to become law, as it still has to clear the House, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is not. Plan To schedule a vote on that. Biden will likely veto the measure.
Flashback: President Biden announced the new rule in September, requiring vaccination or testing once a week for companies with more than 100 employees.
state of play: The rule – initially set to take effect on January 4 – kicked off several lawsuits from GOP-led states that sought to block the vaccine rule, calling it “unconstitutional, illegal and unwise.”
- A federal appeals court last month blocked Biden’s enforcement of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, arguing it raises “serious statutory and constitutional issues.”
- Senate Republicans last month filed their objection to Biden’s vaccine mandate for private companies under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to repeal executive branch functions.
What are they saying: “I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses,” Manchin said. Statement Last week.
- “That’s why I have and will strongly support a bill to reverse the federal government’s vaccine mandate for private businesses.”
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