Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate is facing backlash from even Dem senators.
A second Democrat senator announced he will not support Biden’s private sector vaccine mandate.
Senator Jon Tester(D-MT) announced he will side with Republicans and vote against Biden’s private sector vaccine mandate.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has announced that he will join Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and all 50 Senate Republicans to strike down President Joe Bidenâ€™s private sector vaccine mandate.
â€œIâ€™m not crazy about mandates,â€ Tester said on Tuesday, though he added that he supports mandates aimed specifically at health care workers and military servicemen.
Tester, a moderate Democrat in the upper chamber, is the second Democrat to announce that he will join Republicans in striking down the mandate using a 1990s oversight law.
Dem Senator Manchin has also announced opposition to Biden’s vaccine mandate.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said on Thursday night that he is supporting a GOP effort to nix President Bidenâ€™s vaccine mandate for larger businesses, which is expected to get a vote in the Senate next week.
â€œLet me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses. Thatâ€™s why I have cosponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses,” Manchin said in a statement.
“I have long said we should incentivize, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19,” he added.
“I have personally had both vaccine doses and a booster shot,” he went on, “and I continue to urge every West Virginian to get vaccinated themselves.”
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