It’s becoming more and more likely that the Senate will block President Biden’s vaccine mandate. Now, Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin is indicating he will vote alongside Republicans to block the employee mandate.
The Daily Wire reports:
Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun led GOP senators with a challenge last month under the Congressional Review Act that would allow Congress to disapprove of the mandate.
Manchin offered his support to Braun’s proposal in a statement last week regarding his vote that supported a vote to prevent a government shutdown.
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and as the new Omicron variant emerges, I will not vote to shut down the government for purely political reasons. There is too much at stake for the American people,” Manchin said in a statement on Thursday.
“But let me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses. That’s why I have cosponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses. I have long said we should incentivize, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19. I have personally had both vaccine doses and a booster shot and I continue to urge every West Virginian to get vaccinated themselves.” he added.
Manchin may not be the only Democrat to vote against Biden’s mandate, Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema indicated she may also vote to block the worker vaccine order.