Braun’s bill to block vaccine mandate clears Senate, but is heading for almost certain death

Sen. Mike Braun
Sen. Mike Braun(NBC/Meet the Press)
Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 8:53 PM EST
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WASHINGTON, (WPTA) - The Senate passed a measure Wednesday night to repeal the federal government’s vaccine mandate by a vote of 52 to 48. It will almost certainly fail in the House.

The mandate, which is on hold as it works its way through court challenges, would require COVID-19 vaccines for workers in large companies or government contractors.

Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.) has been an outspoken critic of such mandates, insisting business owners and constituents should make their own decisions about whether to get the vaccine instead of the government. That’s a point he made clear in a GOP news conference hours before Wednesday’s vote.

“I’ve been on record saying that unless you have a good reason not to, you should get the vaccine. However, where I come from hardly any transmission is occurring at the business level and what you do during the day. Then you have a storm like this; you either get the vaccine, you get tested or you lose your job if you choose to not get it. That is the heavy hand of government. That is an overreach and that is when my phone started ringing off the hook.”

There is no evidence to support Braun’s assertion that transmission doesn’t occur in the workplace.

The bill heads to the democrat-controlled House where it will almost certainly die. On Tuesday, the White House Press Secretary said that if Congress sends the repeal to Biden’s desk, he’ll strike it down.

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