Although it will not become law, Biden will certainly veto it, as the chances of a vote in the House are uncertain, and the move demonstrates bipartisan opposition in Congress to the federal government’s demand for the big bosses to be vaccinated.
The initiative was spearheaded by Republican Senator Mike Brown of Indiana and required only 51 votes to pass.
Biden announced in September that it was advising the Department of Labor that all companies with 100 or more employees should fully vaccinate their employees or undergo weekly Govt-19 tests and wear masks.
The emergency rule was issued in November, prompting lawsuits from Republican-led states and private employers, as well as from pro-liberal unions.
The Federal Court of Appeals last month temporarily suspended the Biden administration’s vaccination rules, which were due to take effect Jan. 4. The various lawsuits against the order were consolidated and transferred to a federal appeals court in Ohio, with many expecting the case to end in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Last month, Senate Republicans challenged Biden’s decree under a congressional review law that would allow Congress to overthrow an executive.
Brown and other Senate Republicans have argued that the vaccine mandate is an abuse of federal power and puts more pressure on companies already struggling, while vaccines are a personal choice.
Last week, as Congress faced a deadline to fund the government, some Senate Republicans threatened to force the government to strike if it did not vote on an amendment banning the use of federal funds for Biden’s Govt-19 vaccine mandates. However, the amendment failed by 50-48 votes.
When he voted to extend government funding until February to avoid suspending government funding, West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Mansin announced that he had co-sponsored a GOP resolution to repeal the Vaccine Order for Businesses.
The West Virginia Democrats said in a statement last week that “we must encourage and not punish private employers to protect Covid-19 employees.”
Democrats are not the only ones expressing support for withdrawing the vaccine order.
Explaining his opposition to the vaccination order, Montana Democrat Senator John Tester said, “I have repeatedly heard concerns from Montana small businesses and community leaders about the negative impact of the vaccine order on private companies on their grassroots and on Montana’s economy.”
“That’s why I plan to join with the majority of my colleagues in protecting Montana jobs and small businesses against these harsh regulations,” he said in a statement Tuesday.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell previously told Fox News that the Senate would vote on the resolution this week and that it considered it “a worthy opportunity to pass the Senate.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized the Republican-led challenge to the Govt-19 vaccination mandate as an “anti-scientific and anti-vaccine vote.”
“If their plans come to fruition, the Govt will last longer and increase the likelihood of new variations and new, more dangerous variations occurring,” Schumer at Capitol Hill said. “It’s against science, it’s against common sense, it’s meaningless.”
However, many companies have voluntarily taken precautionary measures against the onset of the Covit-19 epidemic to protect their employees and clients, and are advancing with Covid vaccination orders even if the courts repeal or uphold the Biden administrative regulations.
Manu Raju of CNN contributed to this report.
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