All FIFTY Senate Republicans launch bid to strike down Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandate on private companies with official Congressional challenge to the executive branch
- Indiana Sen. Mike Braun leads his 49 GOP colleagues in filing a resolution of disapproval against Biden’s vaccine mandate for private companies
- The disapproval resolution is guaranteed a floor vote, which Braun says he will set for early December
- The resolution is filibuster-proof, meaning it needs only pass by a simple majority
- Earlier this month a federal court upheld a stay on the OSHA rule, ordering the Department of Labor to take no further steps to implement its mandate
All fifty Senate Republicans are launching a formal challenge to President Biden’s vaccine requirement for private businesses, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) order is being challenged in court.
Indiana Sen. Mike Braun leads his 49 GOP colleagues in filing a resolution of disapproval against Biden’s order that all companies with over 100 employees must require vaccines or weekly Covid-19 testing.
The disapproval resolution is guaranteed a floor vote, which Braun says he will set for early December. The resolution is filibuster-proof, meaning it needs only pass by a simple majority. If one Democrat signs on, the resolution would then need to be approved by the House.
Indiana Sen. Mike Braun leads his 49 GOP colleagues in filing a resolution of disapproval against Biden’s order that all companies with over 100 employees must require vaccines or weekly Covid-19 testing
Earlier this month a three-member panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a stay on the OSHA rule, ordering the Department of Labor to take no further steps to implement its mandate, which was meant to be implemented January 4, 2022.
The rule is set to encompass 84 million workers, and employers could face fines of up to $136,532 for ‘willful violations.’
The resolution was referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee before the full floor vote.
While the resolution is unlikely to pass Congress where Democrats control both houses, it could serve as political fodder for Republicans seeking to unseat vulnerable Democrats in the midterm elections. All senators will have to go on record being in favor or against sweeping vaccine mandates coming down from the federal level.
Vaccine mandates have been highly controversial throughout the US
‘Republicans are united against President Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses, but this federal overreach is not a partisan issue, and the mass firings and worsening labor shortages that will result from this mandate are affecting Americans in all 50 states,’ Braun said in a statement.
‘I encourage Americans to make their voice heard to their representatives on this issue, and we welcome any Democratic member of the Senate to join us in overturning this unconstitutional mandate causing turmoil across the country.’
‘Proud to stand up against President Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate on private businesses that will jeopardize the strength of our workforce and make hard-working Americans choose between putting food on the table and compromising their principles,’ moderate Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said of the resolution.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) promised to ‘vigorously defend’ Biden’s vaccine mandate after it was held up by federal court.
Circuit Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt wrote in the prevailing opinion that the mandate goes too far, and that he has ‘grave’ concerns about whether the edict is legal or constitutional.
‘The mandate is staggeringly overbroad,’ the opinion said. ‘The mandate is a one-size-fits-all sledgehammer that makes hardly any attempt to account for differences in workplaces (and workers).’
Biden administration officials are planning to request the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to reimplement the mandate after it was temporarily halted by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Biden administration has argued the mandate is imperative for saving lives, at a time when over 1,000 deaths are still attributed to Covid-19 each day.
At least 27 states have filed legal challenges in at least six federal appeals courts after OSHA released its rules on November 4.
Four out of five Americans age 12 and up have had at least one Covid-19 shot. Of all ages, about 69% of Americans have had one jab and 59% are fully vaccinated. Nearly 31 million people have gotten their booster shot since August, when a third vaccine dose was recommended for those with compromised immune systems.