WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Mike Braun's formal challenge to President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private businesses under the Congressional Review Act passed the U.S. Senate by a bipartisan vote.
This challenge was supported by the entire Senate Republican Conference, joined by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Jon Tester. Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) introduced the same resolution in the House of Representatives, which has been cosponsored by every House Republican.
The Congressional Review Act is the official process for Congress to eliminate an Executive Branch rule.
“No one should be forced to choose between getting a vaccine and losing their job. The bipartisan Senate passage of my challenge to President Biden’s vaccine mandate on private businesses sends a crystal clear message to the White House: Back off, and stop this crazy federal overreach. Now, following this bipartisan victory in the Senate, we look to the House of Representatives for five Democratic Representatives who will stand up for small business owners and the rights of their constituents against this big government-gone-wild mandate.” - Senator Mike Braun
Watch Senator Braun's floor speech before the vote:
COVID vaccines are medical miracles.
But getting vaccinated is a personal choice between every American and their doctor.
It shouldn’t be up to President Biden.
A year ago, he said he wouldn’t demand vaccines to be mandatory.
He didn’t keep his word.
Every Americans’ personal freedom is at stake today.
The federal government has no authority to make anyone choose between getting a jab or losing their job.
Today this body will stand up against this vast overreach.
Last year, the Senate did everything we could to keep folks in their jobs.
Now, President Biden is doing everything he can to push them out.
Small businesses faced extreme hardship from the COVID pandemic.
For a small business still getting back on their feet, that burden is the last thing they need.
We must focus on returning to the prosperity we achieved pre-COVID.
One thing that will stop this recovery cold is the federal government getting in the way.
President Biden’s mandates are under fire in the courts.
Main Street job creators are warning of the damage these illegal mandates will unleash on their livelihoods.
Tonight, the U.S. Senate must send a clear message to President Biden:
Abandon this unconstitutional, dangerous federal overreach before it’s too late.
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