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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Psaki: Biden will veto Senate attempts to block White House mandate to vaccinate

The Biden administration signaled this week that it will veto attempts by the Senate to revoke the vaccine mandate for private businesses, even as several Democratic lawmakers suggested they would support the effort.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday that if the bill “hits the president’s table, he will veto it,” even if Democratic senators vote in favor.

Reporters asked Psaki that Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and John Tester (Democrat from Montana) openly endorsed a Republican-sponsored bill to revoke President Joe Biden’s mandate.

“We definitely hope that the Senate – Congress – stands up to the anti-vaccination and testing crowd and we will continue to work on implementing them,” she said, apparently characterizing those who support the bill as “anti-vaccine”. … “

Manchin, in a recent statement, said he “does not support any government regulations to vaccinate private businesses,” and said that would place an undue burden on private businesses. Meanwhile, Tester told reporters on Tuesday that he was “not crazy about mandates,” indicating that he would support the measure.

Earlier this year, Biden, announcing wide-ranging mandates, said all private businesses with 100 or more workers would either need to be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19, raising concerns among Republicans and numerous business groups. In the days after the rule was posted last month, numerous lawsuits have been filed from GOP-led states, businesses, groups and individuals.

Two days after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, published vaccination rules for private companies, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel issued an injunction to block enforcement. Later in November, the commission confirmed its decision and said that this mandate is likely to be overturned by the court, as it is “staggeringly broad.”

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OSHA, which is overseen by the Department of Labor, announced on November 17 that it is suspending compliance with the rule due to a court ruling. At the time, the agency said it “remains confident” that its lawyers will win, but is forced to suspend activities “related to the implementation and enforcement of [rule] awaiting further development of the trial ”.

After the decision of the Court of Appeals, the White House’s legal losses began to pile up.

On Tuesday, a federal judge suspended a White House mandate that requires federal contractors, including large corporations with contracts with the federal government, to oblige their employees to receive the vaccine. Unlike OSHA’s private business rule, federal workers cannot get regular COVID-19 tests, but can apply for medical or religious exemptions.

A few days earlier, a federal judge banned Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from enforcing COVID-19 vaccination rules for healthcare providers working in Medicaid or Medicare-funded facilities. CMS confirmed to The Epoch Times over the weekend that the agency is also confident it will win in court, but must suspend the rule.

To follow

Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter for The Epoch Times from New York.

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