Manchin Won’t Rule Out Backing Republican Effort To Defund Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

Manchin Won’t Rule Out Backing Republican Effort To Defund Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Thursday he may join Republican colleagues to support a measure blocking funding for President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.

“I’ve been very supportive of a mandate for federal government, for military … I’ve been less enthused about it in the private sector,” Manchin said.

The Hill is reporting

A small group of conservative senators are pushing for a vote on their proposal to block funding for the mandate as part of the Senate’s consideration of a short-term deal to fund the government into mid-February. Democratic leadership hasn’t publicly opened the door to an amendment vote.

The Senate took a similar vote in September as part of its debate on the first short-term funding bill. Manchin voted with all Democrats against the amendment at the time.

But the threshold for the amendment to get added into the funding bill at the time was three-fifths, meaning even if Manchin or another Democrat had voted “yes,” their “no” vote wasn’t critical for Democrats.

Once again though, RINO Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is in the way of anything meaningful getting done. He told Fox News Republicans would not force a government shutdown over Biden’s mandate.

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Well, I think there’s good news. Multiple courts have pushed the pause button on these government vaccine mandates. There’s a decent chance the courts will strike them down.

Secondly, next week we’re going to have a vote on the vaccine mandate, prohibiting that regulation from going into effect. I think it has a decent chance of passing the Senate. I don’t think shutting down the government over this issue is going to get an outcome.

It would only create chaos and uncertainty, so I don’t think that’s the best vehicle to get this job done. I think the courts are likely to get it done or we’ll pass [it] early next week freestanding, a measure to overturn the government mandate…

In the end, even if passed, Biden would veto the bill.

Written By: Eric Thompson, host of the Eric Thompson Show. Follow me on his website ETTALKSHOWMAGABOOKTwellit & Twitter