December 9, 2021

Senate Repeals Biden Vaccine Mandate, Judge Blocks Another

  • Executive, The Hill

By: Konrad Holden 

In Brief: 

In the last 72 hours, the Senate passed a bill repealing Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers and a federal judge has temporarily blocked the vaccine mandate for federal employees and contractors. The Senate bill has little chance of getting through the House or being signed into law by the President, but it shows that Biden’s mandates are deeply unpopular, even among some Democrats. Two Democrats voted with the Republicans to pass the bill.

The Background: 

The constitutionality of Biden’s 5 vaccine mandates has been called into question from the moment they were announced by the White House. One by one, they have been blocked by federal judges. And one has even been voted down by the Senate.

On Tuesday, a federal judge blocked the vaccine mandate that applies to employees of federal contractors. U.S. District Court Judge R. Stan Baker, in Augusta, Georgia responded to a lawsuit from multiple federal contractors and several states. The temporary stay on the mandate was nationwide because one of the complainants does business nationwide.

Then on Wednesday, the Senate voted to repeal Biden’s vaccine mandate on businesses with more than 100 employees. The bill was considered under the “Congressional Review Act” which gives Congress the ability to review executive orders. 

The repeal bill is unlikely to bring an end to the mandate because it must go through the House of Representatives and then be signed by the President. 

Though Republican senators were able to get two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and John Tester of Montana, on their side, they do not have enough support to override a presidential veto. And the Democrat-controlled House will most likely not even consider the Senate bill. 

Notable Quotes: 

“THREE strikes! The third of Biden’s five mRNA/DNA shot mandates has been halted NATIONWIDE by a federal judge. These are blatantly unconstitutional.” - U.S. Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY)

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