Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester said on Tuesday that he will vote in support of a Republican resolution to ban President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for large employers.
BREAKING: Democrat Senator Jon Tester (MT) will join Manchin to support bill overturning Biden’s employer vaccine mandate
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Tester’s support makes him the second Democrat to join Republicans in the initiative. West Virginia’s Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat, has also stated he will vote to ban the vaccine mandate.
“Not crazy” about mandates
“I’m not crazy about mandates,” Tester told NBC News on Tuesday.
Tester still reportedly supports mandates for health workers and military personnel.
TESTER will also vote YES on the CRA to undo the Biden Admin vaccine mandate on the private sector, he says.
“I’m not crazy about mandates,” he said, (but he says he supports mandates for health care workers & military).
Tester joins Manchin as Ds supporting, vote likely tmrw.
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“Over the past few months, I’ve repeatedly heard concerns from Montana’s small business and community leaders about the negative effect the private business vaccine mandate will have on their bottom lines and our state’s economy,” Tester said, according to The Washington Times.
“That’s why I intend to join a bipartisan majority of my colleagues in defending Montana jobs and small businesses against these burdensome regulations,” he added.
Jon Tester becomes second Senate Democrat to buck Biden on private sector vaccine mandates https://t.co/0OxurQxvjt
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“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,” Manchin said in a statement.
A third Democratic senator, Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema, has also signaled she could join the efforts to ban it but has not yet revealed her decision.
The vote could take place as early as Wednesday. The resolution only requires a simple majority in the Senate, a move expected as all 50 Republican senators have already agreed to the resolution. However, the bill will likely die in the House, as there aren’t enough Dem lawmakers to push the bill through with Republicans.