Republicans are preparing to shutdown the US government on Friday, in the party’s latest attempt to thwart White House efforts to increase vaccine use, by undermining vaccine mandates across the country.
Clamore is growing among some conservative Republican senators to oppose a temporary funding bill, which will fund the government for the next few weeks, unless Democrats agree not to direct the money toward enforcing a vaccine mandate for larger companies in the United States.
If disaffected Republicans, who includes Senator Mike Lee of Utah, succeed, the government will effectively run out of money on Friday and may have to furlough workers and close some federal services.
The right-wing plot comes after some Republican states have already sought to scale back mandates Expand unemployment benefits For employees who have been fired or resigned due to a requirement to receive the vaccine.
The House Freedom Caucus, a group of right-wing Republicans in the House of Representatives, announced Wednesday, urge Their colleagues in the Senate to block the funding bill, also known as the standing resolution, “unless it prohibits funding – in all respects – for and enforcement of vaccine mandates.”
in a Letter to Mitch McConnellThe Senate minority leader, the Liberty Caucus, said the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is set to vote in favor of the temporary funding bill on Wednesday. The bill will then go to the Senate, where Democrats need Republican votes to pass the bill by Friday night.
The House Freedom Caucus said the deadline gave their Senate colleagues “significant leverage” to block mandate funding.
Biden introduced vaccine mandates, which require employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing, to federal workers and contractors in july. In September, Biden ordered the vaccinations of health care workers and companies with 100 or more workers Request for Covid-19 Vaccines Or the test that the government She said It will cover more than 100 million employees. Those measures commented With court rulings, after Republican state attorneys general, conservative groups and business organizations sued to stop the regulations.
Then came the Republican call in the House of Representatives I mentioned Politico That some Senate Republicans were open to blocking the temporary funding bill.
“I’m sure we all want to simplify the process of solving a problem [continuing resolution], but I can’t facilitate that without touching on vaccine mandates,” he told Politico.
“Given that federal courts across the country have raised serious issues with these mandates, it is not unreasonable for my fellow Democrats to delay enforcement of the mandates at least for the duration of the ongoing resolution.”
Washington Post mentioned That Lee had at least planned to “prevent rapid debate” on the financing bill.
The growing threat of a funding discount comes after McConnell said Tuesday There will be no shutdown. While that came ahead of Wednesday’s bid from his colleagues, some Republicans had been clear for weeks that they would use the funding bill to oppose vaccine mandates.
Republican senators threatened to shutdown at the beginning of November, when Roger Marshall, a Senator from Kansas, took command Group of 11 Republicans who sent a letter to Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Senate, threatening to block funding.
In that letter, signed by 10 Republican senators including Lee and Ted Cruz, Marshall complained that Joe Biden’s plan to require major companies to release vaccines or give workers weekly tests was “nothing short of unethical.”
“We will oppose all efforts to implement and enforce them with every instrument at our disposal, including our vote on spending measures being considered by the Senate,” Marshall wrote.
We certainly agree that countless Americans have benefited from the protection offered by Covid-19 vaccines. However, the decision to vaccinate against Covid-19 is a very personal decision and should never be imposed on individuals by the federal government.”
Marshall, the former member of the House of Representatives who was sworn in in the US Senate on January 3, 2021, has Promote conspiracy theory About federal reports of coronavirus deaths on his Facebook account. Facebook said Marshall’s post violated its policies against “spreading harmful misinformation.” Marshall said he was a victim of “corporate oversight.”
Iowa, Tennessee, Florida, and Kansas, all of which have Republican legislatures, have changed their rules In recent weeks to expand unemployment benefits for people who were fired from work or quit smoking after failing to comply with vaccine instructions. On Wednesday, the Guardian reported that Missouri She was considering similar laws, with the potential for more states to follow.