Senate Republicans make a move to stop Pres. Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are fighting back against President Joe Biden’s latest coronavirus vaccine mandate.

Fox News reports that 41 Senate Republicans have united in an attempt to strike the mandate down. 

The latest on the mandate

It was back in September that President Joe Biden announced his latest coronavirus vaccine mandate. It requires all employers with more than 100 employees to force these employees to either get vaccinated against the coronavirus or to undergo routine coronavirus testing.

Biden put the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agency in charge of developing a rule to carry the mandate out. The agency has been working on this for about two months now.

Reports are now indicating that OSHA is expected to announce the rule this week.

On Monday, CBS reported:

NEW: OSHA has finished developing a rule that compels companies with 100+ employees to require vaccines or regular testing. It also requires employers to provide paid time to workers to get vaccinated and to recover from any side effects. The rule will go into effect in days.

Republicans’ response

It is expected that the rule, once announced, will trigger a whole host of lawsuits, including from Republican attorneys general. Florida is one of the states that is expected to lead the way here. But, now, the Republicans in the U.S. Senate are looking to play their part.

Fox News reports that these Republicans are looking to eliminate Biden’s mandate using the Congressional Review Act. The effort is being led by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), and he has 41 Senate Republicans, including himself, on board.

The only Senate Republicans who have not joined the effort are Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Susan Collins (R-ME), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Rob Portman (R-OH).

Fox reports that these Republicans are not necessarily against the effort, but that they “are awaiting the formal filing of the OSHA rule.”

According to Fox, for the effort to succeed it has to be approved by both houses of Congress and signed by the president. If a presidential veto takes place, Congress can override it.

With the Democrats in charge of D.C., however, it seems unlikely that the Republicans will be able to stop Biden’s mandate.

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