Joe Manchin Overrules Biden, Joins GOP Effort to Fight Vaccine Mandate

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin just overruled Democrat President Joe Biden by announcing his support for a Senate GOP effort to end the vaccine mandate for large businesses.

All 50 Republicans are on board so with Manchin’s vote the resolution can pass and will get a vote.

“Let me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses,” Manchin said.

“That’s why I have cosponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses.”

“I have long said we should incentivize, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19.”

“I have personally had both vaccine doses and a booster shot, and I continue to urge every West Virginian to get vaccinated themselves.”

“I hope that more Democratic Senators and Representatives will follow Senator Manchin’s strong lead and stand up against this federal overreach that will wreak havoc on our recovering economy and trample on the rights of millions of Americans,” said Sen.  Mike Braun.

From The Hill:

Republican senators introduced the resolution earlier this year under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to roll back the mandate, with which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration orders businesses with at least 100 employees to require their workers to get vaccinated or undergo regular testing by Jan. 4.

Republicans are able to use the CRA to force a vote to nix Biden’s mandate at a simple majority vote. T

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he resolution is expected to come to the floor for a vote next week and Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), who is leading the effort, told The Hill on Thursday night that he is in talks with a handful of additional Democratic senators.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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