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Braun: GOP senators ready to disrupt Biden vaccine mandate

White House yet to release finalized plans
Sen. Mike Braun, (R) Indiana
Sen. Mike Braun, (R) Indiana(WPTA)
Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 4:52 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (WPTA) - Indiana Sen. Mike Braun on Wednesday took on a lead position among Republicans who say they have a tool to help disrupt an anticipated vaccine rule from the Biden Administration.

Leading a news conference on Capitol Hill, Braun said he has support from 40 Republican senators to use the Congressional Review Act, a formal process for Congress to challenge an executive administrative rule.

While Republicans would need Democrats to break with President Biden to formally block the mandate, Braun tells ABC21 Washington News Bureau reporter David Ade that the move is just as much about putting pressure on Democrats to take a vote that shows whether they support a mandate.

He says he’s hoping that may make some members nervous enough that they ask the Biden Administration to reverse course.

“My preference would be just pull it back and don’t force everybody to be on record,” he said. “If you’ve got a bad idea and it’s clear that it is. Go on to something else or quit coming up with them in the first place.”

The White House has not yet said when it will release its finalized workplace vaccine rule, but Republicans I spoke with are anticipating it will come this week.

In September, President Biden announced he would use OSHA to institute the rule on private employers who have 100 or more employees.

Public health experts applauded the announcement, while critics say it will cost people their jobs.

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