GOP lawmakers unite to oppose Biden’s vaccine mandate for health care workers

President Joe Biden has faced serious pushback in response his pandemic-related mandates, including a requirement that workers in the medical field receive a COVID-19 vaccination with few exceptions.

Senate Republicans are uniting in their opposition to that measure, however, and have announced a plan to scrap the mandate entirely.

“Let me be clear”

According to the Daily Wire, Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) are advancing a resolution aimed at overturning Biden’s executive order mandating vaccines for health care providers.

Roughly 30 other GOP lawmakers have co-sponsored the resolution, which is expected to be put to a vote when the Senate reconvenes next year.

The move follows a similar resolution aimed at a different mandate impacting private-sector workers in companies with more than 100 employees.

That resolution even attracted some bipartisan support with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) expressing his approval.

Although Manchin said he opposed shutting down the government in pursuit of the effort, he added: “Let me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses. That’s why I have co-sponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses.”

“It’s not a hypothetical”

Instead of government coercion, Manchin argued that “we should incentivize, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19.”

That being said, he noted that he has personally received two vaccine doses and a booster shot, urging residents of his state to do the same.

As for the mandate affecting the nation’s health care workers, Fox News noted that the situation appears to be exacerbating a staffing shortage at facilities nationwide. Last month, Eric Smith of the New York State Nurses Association sounded the alarm about understaffed medical clinics and hospitals in his state.

“We have a massive nursing shortage,” he said in a statement to the New York Daily News. “We have a vacuum in the double and triple digits all across the New York area.”

Federal mandates could have an even more pronounced impact in rural areas. As National Rural Health Association CEO Alan Morgan explained: “Rural health care has faced workforce shortages for the past 30 years, so we have to get our workforce vaccinated. You can say that and at the same time say mandates are going to lead to health service disruptions – it’s not a hypothetical, it is going to happen.”

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