Yesterday, the Senate passed a resolution to repeal President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private-sector employers.
This past September, Biden announced his vaccination-or-testing mandate for federal contractors and private-sector businesses with 100 or more employees. Current federal data shows that about 76% of Americans, 5 years old and up, have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
On Wednesday, the Senate passed a resolution to repeal that mandate, in a 52-48 vote. Every Republican and two moderate Democrats — Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia — voted to repeal the mandate.
“I'm not crazy about mandates,” Tester said before the vote. He later called the federal requirements “burdensome regulations.”
The resolution was introduced by Sen, Mike Braun, R-Ind., who argued that Biden lacked the authority to impose the vaccine mandate.
After the resolution was passed, Braun tweeted, "This bipartisan vote is a crystal clear message to the @WhiteHouse: Back off, and stop this crazy federal overreach immediately.”
Senate Republicans argue that the Covid vaccine mandate is “unconstitutional.”
Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., told reporters before the vote: “But the mandate is going to backfire. The people that have thus far have not gotten, have not received the vaccine are not going to do it until this White House acknowledges natural immunity.”
While the resolution passed with a simple majority in the Senate, it faces challenges in the Democrat-controlled House, where it would need multiple Democrats to support the resolution to force a vote on it. Then, if the resolution passes the House, it would go to Biden’s desk, where it’s likely to be vetoed. The White House has already signaled its intention to veto it, and the resolution didn’t pass with a veto-proof majority in the Senate.