There are now 195 House Republicans and 50 Senate Republicans who are on board with using the Congressional Review Act to eliminate President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Breitbart reports.
The question that remains, though, is whether this effort will be enough.
While a number of Republican state attorneys general have moved to challenge Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the court system, congressional Republicans are seemingly doing what they can through the legislature.
The target in both cases is Biden’s vaccine mandate for companies with more than 100 employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a rule requiring these employers to force their employees to either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or to undergo frequent COVID-19 testing by Jan. 4. The punishment for non-compliance is a hefty fine.
The Congressional Review Act is a legislative procedure that allows the members of Congress to reverse an executive act, such as the OSHA rule. A majority of both chambers must get on board for the measure to pass. The president can then veto it, but Congress can override the veto.
The House effort is being led by Rep. Fred Keller (R-PA), and the Senate effort is being led by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN). Braun has all 50 GOP senators on board, and Keller reportedly has the support of 195 GOP House lawmakers.
What remains to be seen is whether Bruan and Keller can convince enough Democrats to support the effort for it to pass, which is undoubtedly an uphill battle.
“Overreach of authority”
Keller, over the weekend, sat down with Breitbart to discuss the attempt to use the Congressional Review Act to nullify Biden’s vaccine mandate.
“We’re working to undo the illegal mandates for vaccines by Joe Biden,” Keller said. “[It’s] clearly an overreach of authority to have OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, come to private employers and dictate to them whether or not their employees have to be vaccinated to have a job.”
Keller said that his next goal is to get all House Republicans on board, which he believes he can accomplish by this week. After that, Keller said that he will work on getting some Democrats on board. He also provided a preview of his pitch to Democrats who might be on the fence.
“You either stand with the overreach of power from an executive, or you stand with the freedom and liberties and the American people,” Keller said. “That’s the difference between supporting this and not supporting this.”
We should know soon whether congressional Republicans pull off what would be a monumental shift, and it would be a devastating defeat for a sitting president whose party controls both chambers of Congress.