Washington, DC – Yesterday, with a vote of 52-48, the Senate officially voted to nix President Biden’s employer vaccine mandate.
AMAC Action President Bob Carlstrom said: “Yesterday’s vote is a victory for small businesses and their workers across the country. The Senate deserves credit for forcing action on this issue and achieving a bipartisan vote in favor of striking down the mandate. Though the courts are likely to have the last word, this action shows voters that policy makers are prioritizing small businesses as the country seeks to recover economically from the pandemic.”
Two Democrats – Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Tester (D-MT) – joined all 50 Republicans in a rebuke of the OSHA policy. “It is not the place of the federal government to tell private business owners how to protect their employees from COVID-19 and operate their businesses” Senator Manchin told the press after his vote in favor of overturning the mandate. The bill overturning the mandate now heads to the House, where it faces an uphill push, and President Biden has promised to veto the bill should it reach his desk. The mandate is currently stayed in court and ultimately unlikely to become law.
Senator Dan Sullivan, upon sponsoring the bill, said: “This rule is unconstitutional overreach by the President of the United States, pure and simple. Individual freedoms and the rule of law are too often an afterthought with this administration, while broken promises continue piling up. We all want to put this pandemic behind us, but the decision to vaccinate is an individual choice, and should not be mandated by the federal government. The federal government does not have the constitutional or statutory authority to take this action, and to make this clear we will be exercising our Congressional authority to overturn this rule with a Congressional Review Act Resolution.”
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