White House: Biden would veto GOP resolution to nix vaccine mandate

President BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: ‘Too many of us have sacrificed too much’ Meadows says Trump’s blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 MORE would veto a Republican resolution to nix the vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees if it made it to his desk, the White House said on Tuesday.

Senator Republicans are poised to force a vote this week to nix the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rule after they failed to block funding for the mandate last week in the government funding bill. 

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiWhite House: Biden would veto GOP resolution to nix vaccine mandate IOC president: Wrong to expect Olympics to ‘fundamentally change’ a country White House press briefing MORE said the White House is hopeful that the Senate will push back on the “anti-vaccine and testing crowd” and confirmed Biden’s intention to veto it.

“We certainly hope the Senate, Congress, will stand up to the anti-vaccine and testing crowd, and we’re going to continue to work to implement these. If it comes to the President’s desk, he will veto it,” she told reporters. “And we’ve got a new variant and cases are rising. President’s been clear, we’ll use every tool to protect the American people, and we hope others will join us in that effort.”  

Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinWhite House: Biden would veto GOP resolution to nix vaccine mandate Second Senate Democrat to back vote against Biden vaccine mandate Minimum tax proposal drives wedge between corporate interests MORE (W.Va.) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDemocrats wrangle to keep climate priorities in spending bill  On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Senators huddle on path forward for SALT deduction in spending bill MORE (Mont.) have said they would back a vote against the mandate, which is supported by all 50 senators. Their support gives Senate Republicans enough votes to pass the resolution, but it would still need to pass the Democratic-controlled House before making it to Biden’s desk. 

Democrats in the House are not expected to bring the measure to the floor, but GOP supporters could use a discharge petition to try to force a vote. This would involve winning the support for the measure from a majority of House members.

Psaki said Biden has a “great relationship” with Tester and Manchin when asked about their support. 

“I think our view, and the view of many Americans, is that if people aren’t vaccinated, having them test once a week is quite reasonable as we’re thinking about how to protect our workplaces, how to protect stores and retail locations as people are out shopping for Christmas and the holidays, how to protect our children in schools and public places,” Psaki said.

She reiterated that the White House is confident in their ability to implement the rule. Biden’s vaccine rule for private businesses has been tied up in court challenges from Republican officials, along with the rules for health care workers and federal contractors.

Republican senators introduced the resolution earlier this year under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to roll back the mandate, which orders businesses with at least 100 employees to require their workers to get vaccinated or undergo regular testing by Jan. 4., and Republicans can use the CRA to force a simple majority vote on it in the Senate. 

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