Manchin Puts Another Nail in Biden's Vaccine Mandate

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Posted: Dec 03, 2021 10:00 AM
Manchin Puts Another Nail in Biden's Vaccine Mandate

Source: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

President Joe Biden's Wuhan coronavirus vaccine mandate for private businesses with over 100 employees and for healthcare workers across the country, including for Medicare and Medicaid,  has already been put on hold by a number of federal courts. 

Now, Biden's vaccine mandate for private businesses is about to take another blow from the Senate with Democrat Joe Manchin leading the way. 

"I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses. That's why I have cosponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses," Manchin released in a statement late Thursday night. "I have long said we should incentivize, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19. I have personally had both vaccine doses and a booster shot and I continue to order every West Virginian to get vaccinated themselves."

Manchin's remarks came shortly after he voted to fund the federal government through the beginning of next year, averting a government shut down. A number of Republicans, including Utah Senator Mike Lee, attempted to withhold funding for Biden's vaccine mandate by voting against the bill.

The legislation aimed at knocking down Biden's mandate and sponsored by Manchin is expected to come up for a vote next week.

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