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GOP absences prevent Senate from defunding Biden’s vaccine mandate

Senate Democrats on Thursday averted an try and defund President Biden’s vaccine mandate for public healthcare employees as a result of absence of 4 Republican lawmakers.

In a 46-to-47 vote, the Senate blocked an modification prohibiting tax {dollars} from going to enforcement of Mr. Biden’s vaccine mandate. The modification was connected to a bigger measure to maintain the federal government funded till March 11. 

GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas launched the modification to the spending invoice earlier this week. The duo compelled Senate Democrats to carry a vote on it by threatening to withhold speedy consideration of the bigger measure, which risked a authorities shutdown Friday if the stop-gap spending invoice isn’t handed in time.

“Enough is enough,” Mr. Cruz stated when urging assist for the modification. “It’s time to stop the petty tyrants imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates on families across the country.”

Since Congress has to cross a funding measure by Friday, Mr. Schumer acquiesced to a simple-majority vote on the modification. With no less than three Democrats out this week, the modification seemed set to cross. 

That proved not possible, nonetheless, when 4 GOP senators have been absent for the vote. The Republican Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, James Inhofe of Oklahoma and Mitt Romney of Utah, are touring to attend the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

Another modification supplied by Mr. Cruz to defund the White House’s vaccine mandate for colleges additionally went all the way down to the defeat.



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