Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Thursday that he would join all 50 of his Republican colleagues in backing a resolution challenging President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private business.
“Let me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses,” Manchin said in a statement. “That’s why I have cosponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses.”
Manchin added that the federal government should “incentivize, not penalize” private businesses to get their employees inoculated, while noting that “I have personally had both vaccine doses and a booster shot and I continue to urge every West Virginian to get vaccinated themselves.”
The Senate is expected to vote next week on a resolution of disapproval of the Biden administration rule requiring businesses with at least 100 employees to ensure that workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or implement weekly testing requirements.
The rule has been slammed by Republicans and drawn legal challenges from several states. If both houses of Congress approve the resolution by a simple majority and it is signed by the president — or if both chambers override a presidential veto — the rule would be invalidated.
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