More than 40 Republican senators are looking to overturn President Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate through the Congressional Review Act, calling the rule “unacceptable.”
The 41 Republicans, led by Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), are looking to nullify the order issued by Biden earlier this fall that mandated that people who worked for businesses with 100 employees or more get vaccinated for covid-19 or face weekly testing. Federal employees were not given the testing option.
The mandate is set to be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is expected to release a formal rule soon.
The Republican senators’ move was first reported by Fox News and does not have full support from the right side of the aisle as nine of the senators are waiting for OSHA to release the formal rule. However, there is no Republican opposition to disapproval of the mandate, a Republican aide told the outlet.
“Now, when we’re finally at kind of an equilibrium, you’re putting an ultimatum on them,” said Braun, the top Republican on the Senate Subcommittee for Employment and Workplace Safety. “Either get the vaccine or lose your job.”