President Biden promises to veto a bill that aims to stop Covid-19 vaccine mandates for private businesses.
The U.S. Senate voted 52-48 to repeal the Biden's Administration's Covid-19 vaccine mandate on private businesses. The mandate requires private businesses with more than 100 employees to be vaccinated, undergo testing, or be fired.
The Senate vote was held on December 9 and is seen as another major setback for the Biden Administration as more courts rule temporarily rule that various vaccine mandates should not be allowed. Several Senate Democrats voted with Republicans to stop the mandate.
On December 7, a federal judge temporarily blocked Biden's requirement for federal workers to be vaccinated. Earlier in the month, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction to temporarily halt the administration's vaccine mandate for health care workers.
Amid numerous court losses, there have been some victories for the mandates. The Supreme Court has refused to step in to stop a mandate for New York health care workers.
Hospitals and health care systems reports shortages of workers as significant percentages refuse to comply with mandates. Similar worker shortages are being reported in industries such as policing and education.
The Senate legislation may be little more than symbolic since it must pass the House and be signed by Biden to become law, and Biden has promised a veto if it gets that far.