Senate Republicans united in opposition to Biden’s latest vaccine mandate

President Joe Biden has long attracted criticism for his move toward sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandates impacting millions of American citizens.

Now, Fox News reports that all 50 Senate Republicans are formally challenging the president’s latest such decree.

“What should be a personal medical decision”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a rule formally implementing Biden’s mandate and requiring individuals working for companies with 100 or more employees to either receive a vaccine or submit to regular testing by Jan. 4.

Employers that fail to comply with the rule could face hefty fines.

Following the OSHA announcement, Senate Republicans indicated that they planned to challenge the underlying mandate using the Congressional Review Act, which offers a process by which the legislative branch can nullify a rule issued by the executive branch.

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) led the effort and soon recruited every other GOP senator.

“President Biden’s vaccine mandate is an unconstitutional invasion of what should be a personal medical decision for every American and an affront to the rights of 80 million American workers,” Braun said on Wednesday.

“I urge the Senate to vote in favor”

Braun went on to confirm that a formal challenge had begun earlier that day.

“And I urge the Senate to vote in favor of this disapproval resolution when it comes to the Floor for a filibuster-proof, simple majority vote in early December,” he added.

Of course, even if every Republican is on board with such a proposal, the party would need the support of at least one Democratic senator to secure a majority. It remains to be seen whether the GOP will be successful in that mission.

If the Congressional Review Act is implemented, however, its provisions permit Congress to strike down a number of specific regulations implemented by federal agencies. Meanwhile, GOP state attorneys general across the United States are doing what they can to combat Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the courts.

One preliminary victory in that regard means the administration will be required to halt enforcement of the mandate while the matter is being litigated. For his part, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry made it clear that he wants to make that stay permanent.

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