Legislative attempts to block Biden’s vaccine rules are facing uphill battle in the Democrat-controlled Congress
This week, the Senate will vote on a resolution to nullify President Biden’s vaccine directive for private companies. Republicans and at least one Democrat are expected to oppose the administration’s rule requiring vaccinations or inconvenient testing for large-scale workers.
All 50 Senate Republicans led by Senator Mike Braun, R.I., backed a challenge of the vaccine mandate under the Congressional Review Act. This law allows Congress to disapprove an executive branch regulation through a resolution passed by each chamber.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) stated last week that he supports the Braun resolution.
After voting against an amendment to the government funding bill, Manchin stated that he did not support any mandate for private vaccinations. The bill would have repealed both public and private vaccine mandates. In exchange for speeding the passage of the funding bill’s approval, Sen. Mike Lee (Republican from Utah) and a few other Republicans forced this vote, but they didn’t get any Democrat support.
Republicans believe Sen. Kyrsten Silena (D-Ariz.), may support the Braun resolution. In an interview with CNN last Wednesday, she declined to confirm that she would vote for it. Senator Steve Daines, R. Montana, is pushing Sen. Jon Tester (Democrat from Montana) to “join my efforts to block every Biden’s mandates.”
Braun’s resolution needs only a simple majority in order to pass the Senate. This means that it is likely to succeed. Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pa.) is leading companion legislation in Congress. His office stated Friday that the bill has 206 cosponsors. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. is the House Minority Leader. He said Friday that the bill will not be voted on in the House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is in charge.
He said to reporters, “The challenge is how do you bring it up on a floor.” “We are not part of the majority. We don’t control it.”
Even if Republicans, possibly a few Democrats, manage to force a House voting on the CRA resolution resolution, such resolutions are still subject to a presidential veto. It’s unlikely that Biden would sign a bill to repeal a rule he had ordered his administration make.
Lee stated Thursday that it would be likely to come up again next week as part of the Congressional Review Act resolution. That’s not enough, of course. The CRA has a flaw in that disapproval resolutions under the Congressional Review Act are subject to presidential veto. This means that the president who abuses his executive powers as President Obama has with these mandates is likely to veto.”
Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, stated last week that the White House believes Biden’s mandate to provide vaccines for private companies is solid “based on a fifty-year-old law that Congress passed 50 years ago …..” These requirements will be adhered to by us.
Psaki said that the administration’s mandate should also be called “vax” or “test”, as employees who are not vaccinated may wear masks to work and submit to COVID-19 testing.
Lee stated that Republicans will not relent on the issue because Biden’s vaccine mandates face many challenges in federal court. He stated that Republicans intend to raise amendments defunding vaccine mandats in any future voting-a-rama. This will be a problem for Democrats if they do not move their reconciliation spending bill as scheduled.
Lee stated, “It will come back up in any subsequent vote-a-Rama.” It will come back up again, Lee said.
Lee said that Republicans could threaten to block funding for the government and cause a shutdown in February if the current continuing resolution expires. “In the unfortunate event that President Trump persists in keeping it in effect, in threatening this way the American people.”
James Wallner, R Street Institute senior fellow for governance, said that any future legislative efforts to repeal vaccine mandates will not have any effect.
“Anything that happens in the new year or now will be planned. Wallner stated that it will be something that is set up in Senate, almost always with unanimous approval between the leaders. “I imagine you will see votes in the Senate, which create the illusion that something, such as a ban on vaccines, could pass before you actually see a policy like that pass,” Wallner said.
He said, “They’ll place like 60-vote thresholds upon them, they will structure the process.” If they are unable to block the vote completely, they will create a process in which… you lose your vote.