The Senate on Wednesday voted to repeal President Biden’s vaccine mandate for larger businesses, handing Republicans a largely symbolic win.
This comes in the wake after a federal judge on Tuesday blocked the last of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for businesses, saying the government exceeded its authority with a requirement that millions of employees of federal contractors be inoculated.
Senators voted 52-48 on the resolution, which needed a simple majority to be approved. Democratic Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) voted with Republicans, giving it enough support to be sent to the House.
The article goes on to state the following:
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.
Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) who spearheaded the resolution, tweeted after the vote, “Tonight, the Senate voted to overturn President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private businesses. This bipartisan vote is a crystal clear message to the @WhiteHouse: Back off, and stop this crazy federal overreach immediately.”
Tonight, the Senate voted to overturn President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private businesses.
This bipartisan vote is a crystal clear message to the @WhiteHouse: Back off, and stop this crazy federal overreach immediately.
— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) December 9, 2021
My statement on today’s vote to overturn the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for private businesses: pic.twitter.com/RahI6gMEQ6
— Jim Risch (@SenatorRisch) December 9, 2021
Senate votes 52-48 (Manchin, Tester joining all GOP) https://t.co/Yp88OtjT1A
— Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) December 9, 2021
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