While it likely won’t become law because its chances of securing a House vote are uncertain and Biden is certain to veto it, the effort demonstrates bipartisan opposition in Congress to the federal government’s mandate on the vaccines for large employers.
The effort was led by Republican Senator from Indiana, Mike Braun, and it only needed a simple majority of 51 votes to be approved by the chamber.
The final vote was 52-48. Two Democrats, Sense Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, joined their 50 GOP colleagues in voting to repeal the requirement.
Braun and other Senate Republicans have argued that the vaccine mandate is a step beyond the authority of the federal government and puts more pressure on already struggling businesses, while insisting that vaccines are a choice. staff.
As he voted to extend government funding until February to avoid a shutdown, Manchin announced that he had signed as a co-sponsor of the GOP resolution to cancel the vaccine requirement for businesses and “will strongly support him”.
Manchin is not the only Democrat to voice his support for the repeal of the vaccination mandate.
Explaining his opposition to the requirement for a vaccine, Tester said he “had repeatedly heard concerns from small businesses and community leaders in Montana about the negative effect the mandate of private company vaccines would have on. their results and the economy of our state “.
“That is why I intend to join a bipartisan majority of my colleagues in defending jobs and small businesses in Montana against these restrictive regulations,” he said in a statement Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the Republican-led challenge of the Covid-19 vaccine mandate an “anti-science and anti-vaccine vote.”
âIf their plans go into effect, Covid will persist longer and the chances of new variants and more dangerous new variants will increase,â Schumer told Capitol Hill. “It’s anti-science, anti-common sense, it just doesn’t make sense.”
This story and title was updated with additional development on Wednesday.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the leadership position of Senator Mitch McConnell. He is the leader of the senatorial minority.
CNN’s Manu Raju contributed to this report.