Forty Senate Republicans led by the Senator. Mike braunMichael BraunIndiana Recruiting Unvaccinated Chicago Officers Indiana Republican Senator: Chicago Police Who Defied Vaccine Mandate ‘Deserve Respect’ (R-Ind.), The highest ranking member of a Senate committee on employment and job security, says they will use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to challenge President BidenJoe Biden Five takeaways from a bleak night for Democrats Youngkin wins Virginia Governor’s race Michelle Wu elected as Boston’s first mayor MOREThe new order requiring large employers to require COVID-19 vaccination.
The Biden administration is expected to issue a new rule this week requiring vaccination requirements at companies with more than 100 employees. The rule will affect up to 80 million workers and those who do not comply face hefty fines.
Braun and other Republicans will try to force the Senate to vote on a resolution disapproving of the rule. It must be approved by the Senate and House, both controlled by Democrats, and it must be enacted by the president.
If Biden vetoes the disapproval resolution, Republicans would have to gather two-thirds of the votes in each chamber to override the veto and prevent the rule from taking effect.
Their effort is not expected to be enough because Democrats control 50 Senate seats, but it could be a tough vote for vulnerable incumbents running for reelection next year.
“Today, we are one step closer to protecting the freedoms of millions of Americans in the private sector workforce under the Congressional Review Act. I urge my Senate colleagues to vote in favor of this disapproval resolution in the coming weeks, ”Braun said in a statement, announcing broad support within the Senate Republican conference to challenge Biden’s vaccination mandate for large employers. .
Under Biden’s proposal, large private sector employers would have to require employees to be vaccinated or tested for COVID weekly as a condition of employment.
Vaccination mandates in the workplace have become a controversial issue across the country.
Southwest Airlines sparked a backlash from its employees by demanding that they get vaccinated to comply with Biden’s expected order. The company’s pilots union challenged the mandate, but a federal judge last week rejected its request to issue a temporary restraining order against the mandate.
Southwest backtracked its policy a bit by recently announcing that it would not fire employees who refused to get vaccinated.
Senate Republicans are framing the battle for vaccination mandates as a debate about civil liberties.
“We all want to put this pandemic behind us, but the decision to vaccinate is an individual choice and should not be mandated by the federal government,” the Senator said. Dan sullivanDaniel Scott Sullivan Defense and National Security Overnight: Frustration grows with NDAA delay Republican senators accuse Democrats of prioritizing social spending over military White House nominates chief of the US Fleet Forces To be vice president of the Joint Chiefs of Staff MORE (R-Alaska) said in a statement. “The federal government does not have the constitutional or statutory authority to take this action and to make this clear, we will exercise our authority in Congress to repeal this rule with a resolution of the Congressional Review Act.”
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