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Senate Votes To Repeal Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

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On Wednesday, the Senate voted to repeal President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses.

Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Jon Tester (MT) joined Republicans in a 52-48 vote in favor of the repeal.

“Even with Senate approval, the GOP-backed resolution is unlikely to overturn the mandate. The Democrat-controlled House is not expected to take up the measure and President Biden would likely veto the bill if it cleared Congress,” Fox News reported. “Republicans brought the repeal to the Senate floor under the ‘Congressional Review Act,’ which allows Congress to review presidential executive orders. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., who sponsored the resolution, said the mandate was an example of the ‘heavy hand of government’ hurting businesses.”

“It’s got Main Street America scared,” Sen. Braun said ahead of the vote. “They’re worried about, well, what does this mean on other issues? Anybody who thinks this is a good idea, imagine the next time it happens when you’re on the wrong side on whatever the merits of the case would be.”

“The vaccine mandate is illegal, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s a grotesque abuse of power,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said. “And I think Biden knows that. I think the White House lawyers told Biden that this is illegal. This will get struck down in the courts. And cynically, I think they made the decision to ram it through anyway. Assuming that litigation will take time will take months or years, and in the meantime, a whole lot of people will obey. Last night’s vote was a really important vote. We voted on rescinding Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers. It passed with a bipartisan majority.”

If implemented, the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate would force businesses employing more than 100 people to “develop, implement, and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, with an exception for employers that instead adopt a policy requiring employees to either get vaccinated or elect to undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work in lieu of vaccination.”

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