October 1, 2021

Senate Passes Biden's Vaccine Mandates 

  • The Hill

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief:
On Thursday, the Senate voted down an amendment that would defund Biden’s federal OSHA vaccine mandate for businesses with over 100 employees. The ban was put forward by Kansas Senator Roger Marshall. The bill failed on a 50-50 party-line vote. OSHA has not released the vaccine mandate rule that Biden has promised, but it is expected to be instituted as a special “emergency temporary standard”.

The Background:
Last December, then-President-elect Joe Biden said he didn’t believe vaccines should be mandatory. Then he changed his views after coming into office.

Biden has mandated vaccines for the entire military, most federal employees, and even federal contractors.

But the most egregious squashing of civil liberties came when he announced a new OSHA rule calling for all companies with 100+ employees to mandate vaccines or face fines. 

Roger Marshall, a Senator from Kansas, introduced an amendment to defund OSHA’s ability to enforce the employer vaccine mandate rule. Marshall announced an amendment on the Senate floor saying, “No precedent exists in American history for punishing private employers who don’t enforce government vaccination edicts.”

The amendment failed as Democrats fell in line and supported the President’s edict.

Whenever the rule goes into effect, multiple Republican states have already promised to sue the federal government. 

Notable Quotes:

Make no mistake, this vaccine mandate is not about public health or science. If it were, we’d recognize natural immunity. We’d recognize natural immunity as a highly effective way to combat the virus.” - Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS)

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