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Republicans Bill passed by US Senate to Overturn Vaccine Mandate

Two Democrats joined Republicans in supporting a Republicans bill that would reverse President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate for private employers in the Democratic-controlled Senate on Wednesday. The bill now goes to the Democratic-led House of Representatives, where it will face stiff opposition, and Biden has promised to veto it. The bill would repeal administration guidelines requiring immunizations or coronavirus testing for millions of employees at organisations with 100 or more employees.

The bill was exempt from Senate regulations that require 60 of the Senate’s 100 members to agree on most legislation, allowing it to pass with a simple majority of 51 votes. Two Senate Democrats, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Montana’s Jon Tester, joined 50 Republicans in voting for the bill. At a time when health officials are attempting to contain the highly contagious Omicron variety, the endeavour highlights the significant political hostility to the administration’s efforts to battle COVID-19.

Following the vote, Manchin said, “I have consistently supported a vaccine requirement for federal employees and the military because preserving key services and military readiness provided by the federal government is a matter of national importance.” Manchin went on to say that he was completely vaccinated and had received a booster shot, and that he encouraged everyone in the United States to do the same.

Republicans say they’ve received a flood of inquiries from companies with up to 500 employees worried about having to terminate staff who oppose COVID-19 immunizations and testing. The White House claimed in a statement on Tuesday that the mandate will have no impact on employers because the vast majority of adults in the United States are fully vaccinated, and that the rule exempts small businesses.

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