Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun said President Joe Biden “went back on his word” over vaccine mandates for private businesses, vowing to overturn the measure ahead of a Wednesday Senate resolution vote.
“He went back on his word, and now a year later the Senate will vote to overturn his mandate for private businesses,” he added.
The bold statement also followed news on Tuesday that a second Senate Democrat, Montana Sen. Jon Tester, said that he will vote in support of the Republican resolution to ban Biden’s vaccine mandate for large employers.
“I’m not crazy about mandates,” Tester told NBC News on Tuesday. Tester has previously supported vaccine mandates for health workers and military personnel.
TESTER will also vote YES on the CRA to undo the Biden Admin vaccine mandate on the private sector, he says.
“I’m not crazy about mandates,” he said, (but he says he supports mandates for health care workers & military).
Tester joins Manchin as Ds supporting, vote likely tmrw.
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) December 7, 2021
“Over the past few months, I’ve repeatedly heard concerns from Montana’s small business and community leaders about the negative effect the private business vaccine mandate will have on their bottom lines and our state’s economy,” Tester said, according to the Washington Times.
“That’s why I intend to join a bipartisan majority of my colleagues in defending Montana jobs and small businesses against these burdensome regulations,” he added.
The announcement makes Tester the second Democrat to come out in support of the ban. The Daily Wire previously reported West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s support.
Braun led GOP senators with a challenge last month under the Congressional Review Act that would allow Congress to disapprove of the mandate.
Manchin offered his support to Braun’s proposal in a statement last week regarding his vote that supported a vote to prevent a government shutdown.
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and as the new Omicron variant emerges, I will not vote to shut down the government for purely political reasons. There is too much at stake for the American people,” Manchin said in a statement on Thursday.
“But let me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses. 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.” he added.
Tonight I voted to prevent a government shutdown and fund the federal government through February 18th, 2022 through a continuing resolution. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/UBicLvMpeq
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) December 3, 2021
In November, Braun declared the mandate to force private businesses with 100 or more workers to enforce COVID-19 vaccination by January 4, 2022, was an “unconstitutional invasion.”
“President Biden’s vaccine mandate is an unconstitutional invasion of what should be a personal medical decision for every American and an affront to the rights of 80 million American workers,” Braun said in a statement to Fox News.
“Today, my Republican colleagues and I will formally challenge this federal overreach, and I urge the Senate to vote in favor of this disapproval resolution when it comes to the Floor for a filibuster-proof, simple-majority vote in early December,” he added.
The resolution only requires a simple majority to pass in the 50-50 Senate. The vaccine mandate could impact up to 84 million American workers, according to the report.
On November 4, The Daily Wire sued the federal government over the OSHA mandate for private businesses. The Daily Wire also launched a petition for signees to express support for its lawsuit against the mandate.
“The Daily Wire will not comply with President Biden’s tyrannical vaccine mandate, and we are suing the Biden Administration to put a stop to their gross overreach,” Daily Wire co-founder and co-CEO Jeremy Boreing said in a statement. “President Biden, the federal government, social media, and the establishment media have conspired to rob Americans of their freedoms in the name of public health. They have broken faith with the American people through conflicting messaging, false information, and by suppressing data and perspectives with which they disagree.”
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