Senate passes Kennedy, Braun challenge to Biden vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON – The Senate today passed a bipartisan resolution to nullify President Biden’s vaccine mandate on private employees with support from Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.). All other Senate Republicans as well as Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted in favor of the resolution.

The resolution would invalidate the mandate under the Congressional Review Act, which is the official Congressional process for eliminating an executive branch rule.

“Vaccines can be a blessing, but Pres. Biden’s vaccine mandate is a major threat to every American’s liberty. The president’s power grab contradicts his earlier promise that he wouldn’t impose such a mandate. I’m proud to help reverse this bureaucratic overreach and hope the House follows suit soon,” said Kennedy.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a rule to officially mandate vaccination requirements for employees at private businesses with more than 100 employees. The rule would affect more than 80 million Americans.

The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to overturn certain federal agency regulations and actions through a joint resolution of disapproval. If such a joint resolution is approved by both houses of Congress and signed by the president, or if Congress successfully overrides a presidential veto, the rule at issue becomes invalid.

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