Conservatives are willing to block Biden’s employer vaccines mandate by any means necessary. A coalition of conservative senators being led by Sen. Lee is considering a government shutdown to block funding for the vaccine mandate.
The Hill reports:
If conservatives led by Senate Republican Steering Committee Chairman Mike Lee (R-Utah) refuse to yield back procedural time on the floor, it could take as long as nine days to approve a stopgap spending measure that would keep the government funded into late January or February.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters on Wednesday that talks to fund the government are “making good progress” but warned that a small group of Senate GOP conservatives could block the stop-gap by throwing up procedural hurdles.
“We’re making good progress on the CR. I hope a small group of Republicans don’t choose obstruction and try to shut down the government,” he said. “We need to come together and keep the government open.”
Senate conservatives led by Lee are discussing using their leverage over the Senate schedule to demand that Democrats defund Biden’s vaccine mandate on large employers.
However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that Americans should not be concerned about a government shutdown.
“We won’t shut down,” he said. “Sen. Shelby is engaged in discussions about not only how long the CR should last but certain conditions, sort of bright lines that we’ve had in these measures forever. For example, the Hyde Amendment. I think we’ll get there and certainly nobody should be concerned about a government shutdown.”