President Joe Biden encountered widespread pushback over his executive orders requiring millions of Americans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Not only have those proposed mandates encountered significant legal hurdles, Senate Republicans announced this week that they will also be taking aim at the executive action.
“Any government vaccine mandate on private businesses”
According to Fox News, the Senate will vote on a resolution introduced by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN).
If successful, the effort would utilize the Congressional Review Act allowing Congress to block certain executive policies.
In addition to attracting support from all 50 Republicans in the chamber, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has also signaled that he is on board with the resolution.
“I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses,” he said last week.
Manchin is among his party’s most moderate members and represents a state that voted overwhelmingly for former President Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election.
“Inclined to vote for the CRA resolution”
Some insiders believe Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Jon Tester (D-MN) might also be persuaded to back the plan.
Even those who support the plan, however, understand that it is largely a symbolic gesture. After all, it would not only have to pass the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, but it would face an almost certain veto if it ever did land on Biden’s desk.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) addressed this factor in a recent statement, explaining: “One of the defects with the CRA is that Congressional Review Act resolutions of disapproval are subject to presidential veto. So, the same president who abuses his power as this president has with these mandates, is certain to veto.”
Reports about the resolution came just one day before a federal judge in Georgia issued an injunction to block Biden’s requirement that all federal contractors receive a vaccine. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge R. Stan Baker concluded that the court “must preserve the rule of law and ensure that all branches of government act within the bounds of their constitutionally granted authorities.”
For his part, Tester recently confirmed that he is “not crazy about the mandates” and a spokesperson affirmed that he is “inclined to vote for the CRA resolution.”