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By David Morgan
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Republicans are poised to attempt to overturn Democratic President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination and mandate for private companies. This legislative effort appeared to be supported enough by Democrats to achieve success.
According to an aide, Republican Senator Mike Braun was scheduled to be present on the Senate Floor to vote under the law which allows Congress to reverse executive orders.
Although the legislation is expected to pass the Senate, it was likely that the House of Representatives would face significant headwinds. A possible presidential veto threat could also be a factor. The bill would repeal the Biden Administration rules that required larger businesses to provide coronavirus or vaccination testing to millions of workers.
Senate rules require that at least 60 out of 100 senators agree on any measure. This means the bill could be passed with a 51-vote simple majority. Jon Tester, a senator from Maine, and Joe Manchin (a Senate Democrat) have supported the bill.
If passed, it would face an uphill battle in the Democratic-controlled House. Biden has been warned by the White House that he could veto it.
Along with the Republican initiative that was similar, it underscored the strong political opposition faced by the Biden administration in its efforts to defeat COVID-19. This comes at a moment when Omicron is being controlled.
The Biden vaccine mandate was directed at federal contractors by a Georgia judge on Tuesday.
United States is home to the most coronavirus-infected countries in the world. According to the Reuters COVID-19 tracker, COVID-19 has infected more than 49.5 million Americans. It also killed more that 794,000.
On Tuesday, the White House released a statement stating that no employers will face any burden due to the mandate. The vast majority of Americans have been fully vaccinated. This rule also exempts small businesses.
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