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US Senate set to nullify Biden's vaccine mandate

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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The US Senate is expected to vote on a Republican resolution to nullify President Joe Biden's Covid-19 vaccine mandate, which requires employees of certain companies to get vaccinated before January 4. 

In addition to all the Republicans, the resolution seems to have the support of two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin and Jon Tester.

The Senate’s anticipated passage of the resolution would overturn Biden’s rules ordering businesses with 100 workers or more to require vaccination for millions of employees.

Republicans argue that they have received numerous calls from business owners that are worried about the consequences of firing millions of employees who oppose vaccination.

"It's got Main Street America scared," said Republican Senator Mike Braun.

The measure by the GOP senators comes after a federal appeals court issued a ruling last month to freeze the president’s order.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s decision followed lawsuits filed by more than two dozen Republican-controlled states, namely Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah.

The White House, however, maintains that Biden’s mandate would have no burden for the employers because the vast majority of the American adults are fully vaccinated.

Republican Senator Rand Paul said, "The Republican Party is entirely united against mandating or firing people who choose not to get vaccinated."

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said during a speech on Tuesday that he isn’t worried about the resolution.

“The position to me is pretty clear and that is that the more people that are vaccinated, the safer America will be, and we should encourage everything we can do to do it. That is the overwhelming view of the president and of the vast majority of Democrats,” he noted.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Democrats and Republicans have been unable to reach a consensus over how to handle the pandemic and its repercussions.

The virus has infected 49.5 million Americans and killed more than 794,000 so far.


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