The Senate on Thursday defeated a Republican amendment that attempted to block President Joe Biden’s declared mandate for private businesses with 100 or more workers.
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) introduced amendments (PDF) to a government funding measure that would have blocked the use of federal funds for a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Republicans and Democrats split 50-50 on the vote, falling short of the 60 votes needed to pass the amendment.
“My wife and I got vaccinated. My parents got vaccinated and are waiting for their booster. But whether achieving it is a personal choice between individuals and their doctor, not mandated through unconstitutional executive actions that the administration has recently acknowledged they do not have the authority to place,” Marshall said in his amendment. said in support.
But Marshall argued that the Biden administration’s mandates—the details of which have yet to be disclosed—are tantamount to federal redundancies and would significantly weaken the economy by imposing fines on private businesses. The vaccine mandate, he said, is an attempt by the federal government to wield more power and is not about tackling the pandemic.
“No precedent exists in American history to punish private employers who do not enforce government vaccination orders,” he said. “Amazingly, House Democrats included fines of up to $700,000 on businesses that have a way to pay employees for expenses beyond their control.”
In a statement to The Epoch Times on Wednesday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) confirmed that the agency is working on the rule, which would require businesses to “make sure their workforce is fully vaccinated.” Has been or requires any worker who remains unconnected to produce negative test results on at least a weekly basis before coming to work.”
Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a senior member of the Democrat caucus, said Thursday he would not support the amendment, noting the 700,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19 have died.
“Drive down the mall and look at the flag by the Washington Monument,” Leahy said in reference to the flag display marking his death. “The amendment undermines one of our strongest means of evacuating people from this crisis,” he said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has often encouraged people to get vaccinated and got his booster shot earlier this week, voted in favor of Marshall’s amendment on Thursday.
Several Republican-led states have promised to sue the Biden administration as soon as OSHA releases its rules. Biden announced the mandate, which will apply to millions of workers in private businesses, on September 9, as well as other mandates requiring vaccinations for all federal workers, federal contractors and health care workers at facilities receiving Medicare. Are employed or have Medicaid funding.
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