Sen. Joe Manchin announced in a statement he strongly opposes vaccine mandates for private businesses from the federal government in addition to revealing his vote to avert a government shutdown.
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and as the new Omicron variant emerges, I will not vote to shut down the government for purely political reasons,” Manchin said in a statement. “There is too much at stake for the American people. But let me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses.”
“That’s why I have cosponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses,” Manchin continued.
“I have long said we should incentivize, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19. I have personally had both vaccine doses and a booster shot and I continue to urge every West Virginian to get vaccinated themselves.”
The U.S. Senate voted 69-28 on Thursday to pass a bill to continue funding the federal government, thus averting a government shutdown.
“The Senate acted just hours after the House of Representatives approved the measure, by a vote of 221-212,” Reuters reported. “Congress faces another urgent deadline right on the heels of this one. The federal government is approaching its $28.9 trillion borrowing limit, which the Treasury Department has estimated it could reach by Dec. 15. Failure to extend or lift the limit in time could trigger an economically catastrophic default.”
Sen. Ted Cruz also slammed the Biden administration and its mandates on Thursday, noting that the mandates pose a threats to people’s jobs which in some cases pose a risk to U.S. national security.
Cruz’s remarks come after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit halted Democrat President Joe Biden’s mandate last month, citing potential “grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate.”
“The Biden White House mandates have been struck down repeatedly by the courts,” Cruz told reporters on Thursday.
“They are blatantly lawless. Joe Biden knows they’re lawless. His lawyers have told him that the vaccine mandates are contrary to law. And Democrats don’t care. They don’t care about medical privacy. They don’t care about individual autonomy. Instead, we have seen in the course of this pandemic, Democrats, being very comfortable with being petty tyrants and decreeing that you must obey their medical mandates.”
Cruz noted he supports vaccines and that both he and his family have been vaccinated against the coronavirus but he “also support[s] individual liberty and individual responsibility.”
“It ought to be your choice as a responsible adult to decide whether to get the COVID vaccine,” Cruz continued. “And you ought to make that discussion, that decision in consultation with your doctor. And no pissant politician — whether a local mayor, or a governor or the President of the United States — has the right or legal authority to force you to make that decision.”
“And the cynicism of the Biden White House was really underscored when their illegal vaccine mandate was enjoined by the Federal Court of Appeals and the next day, the White House press secretary’s office stood up and told Americans obey the order anyway, never mind those pesky little courts,” Cruz said.
“Never mind the rule of law, never mind following a judicial order, you should obey our decree anyway. I think that is lawless. I think it’s wrong. It’s an abuse of power. It is threatening the jobs of millions of Americans from active-duty military soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines to federal civilian workers, to Border Patrol agents, to federal law enforcement to airline pilots and flight attendants to air traffic control.”
Author: Brett Middleton