Sen Manchin Drops A Nuke On Biden Signals He Will Help Defeat Mandate
During his address to the nation Biden justified his mandate forcing Americans to get vaccinated by claiming it’s patriotic.
Biden says he rather think of his coercive mandates on Americans as “literally a patriotic responsibility, rather than somehow you’re denying people their basic rights”
This is how they justify tyranny. pic.twitter.com/YQY2ePU5cO
— Danny De Urbina (@dannydeurbina) December 2, 2021
Moderate Democrat Senator Joe Manchin said that he is considering joining Republicans to block the mandates on private sector Americans.
“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 told The Hill.
The Hill tied Manchin’s comments to funding bill however they may be misreading the tea leaves:
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.
If all 50 GOP Senators and Joe Manchin vote using the Congressional Review Act it could overturn Biden’s vaccine mandate and Republicans are planning on forcing the vote soon.
Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News eluded to the plan:
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 appears that Manchin may kill Biden’s mandate.