The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to strike down Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate targeting healthcare workers at federally funded facilities. The measure passed on a party-line vote of 49 to 44.
No Democrat senators voted with Republicans to repeal the mandate, but GOP senators were able to get the resolution through the Senate because six Democrats missed the vote, The Hill reported.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), who physician, and former military officer. Before voting began, Marshall argued that the CMS vaccine mandate is “not about public health or science.”
“It’s about Joe Biden fulfilling his desire to control every aspect of our lives, and it’s a slap in the face to the hard-working men and women who never took a day off on the frontline fight against COVID-19,” he said.
Although his effort to ditch the mandate is facing headwinds, Marshall was in celebratory mode after the vote.
“Today is a huge victory for all the healthcare workers who ran to the sound of the COVID battle as Senate Republicans joined forces taking us one step closer to invalidating President Biden’s overreaching and harmful CMS vaccine mandate,” he said.
The resolution was fast-tracked through the Congressional Review Act, which is a way Congress can roll back certain federal policies. The bill now faces a vote in the House of Representatives where it does not have the same green-lighted procedure.
The White House has already indicate that Biden would veto the resolution if it makes it to his desk.
“It makes no sense for Congress to reverse this much-needed protection for medically vulnerable patients, as well as our healthcare workers who have given so much to protect us,” the Executive Office of the President said in a statement. “A vote for this resolution threatens the lives of patients and health care workers alike.”
The White House added: “If Congress were to pass this resolution, the President would veto it.”
The resolution however, does make because vaccinated people transmit the virus in just as great of numbers, if not greater, then the unvaccinated. In addition, the experimental vaccines have a terrible adverse event profile, and do not prevent disease or death, which makes any kind of mandate unethical.
Senator Marshall is also spearheading an effort to end the COVID state of emergency.
“This declaration drives our fed gov to maintain its massive emergency response infrastructure & drives left wing politicians in Congress to push harmful mandates & unrestrained spending,” the senator wrote on Twitter. “These powers are no longer needed.”
On Thursday, the White House said it strongly opposes Marshall’s effort to end the COVID-19 national emergency, calling the effort “reckless.” The regime threatened a veto if his resolution were to pass.
“Just 2 days ago, Biden told America ‘COVID-19 need no longer control our lives’ – sounds like that was just a hollow talking point written by his pollster,” Marshall tweeted in response.
A vote on the bill is scheduled for approximately 2 p.m. Thursday.
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