Senate Republicans just pulled it off.
Breitbart reports that the Senate just voted to repeal President Joe Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for employers with more than 100 employees.
After the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a rule to implement Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate, Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) spearheaded an effort to repeal Biden’s mandate using the Congressional Review Act. Initially, it was unclear whether Bruan was going to be successful considering that the Senate is split 50-50 and the Democrats have the tie-breaking vote of the vice president.
But, in recent weeks, it became clear that Braun might get some support from some Senate Democrats. And, these Democrats just came through for Braun.
The Senate voted to pass Braun’s bill, repealing Biden’s mandate, by a vote of 52 to 48 this week. The 52 included all 50 Senate Republicans as well as Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Tester (D-MT).
Braun said just before the vote:
[Biden’s mandate] got Main Street America scared. They’re worried about, well, what does this mean on other issues? Anybody who thinks this is a good idea, imagine the next time it happens when you’re on the wrong side on whatever the merits of the case would be.
From here, Bruan’s bill will head over to the U.S. House of Representatives. Considering the Democrats’ majority there, it is believed that the bill will die there.
But, this is not a foregone conclusion. The fact is that Biden’s mandate is not that popular, and it has put a number of vulnerable Democrats in a difficult position. And so, it is possible that some of these vulnerable Democrats could vote with their Republican counterparts in favor of Braun’s bill.
If you think this is an outrageous proposition, consider this: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), who, since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, has imposed some of the harshest lockdowns and mandates in the country on the residents of her state, has recently suggested that she is against this particular mandate from Biden.
So, it is not outside the realm of possibility that Braun’s bill could make it through the House. After that, though, it’s a different story, as the bill would go to Biden who would be sure to end it by vetoing it.
Even still, this wouldn’t be the end of the road.
Besides this legislative approach, the Republicans are also challenging Biden’s mandate in the courts. And, they have already obtained some legal victories, including one that has stopped the mandate from going into effect while its legality is being litigated.
So, overall, there is still cause for remaining optimistic that Biden’s mandate will never be implemented.