Senate Republicans threatened to shut down the government to stop the mandate, will they keep their word?
This morning the Biden regime announced that it may expand the politically divisive vaccine mandate to businesses with less than 100 employees, subjecting small businesses – the backbone of America’s economy – to $14,000 fines if they do not fire their unvaccinated workers or test them weekly for COVID-19.
After the news broke this morning that the Biden regime was moving ahead with its COVID-19 vaccine mandate despite staggering losses in Virginia, it was later reported that the vaccine mandate may be expanded after a 30-day public comment period.
“OSHA left open the possibility of expanding the requirement to smaller businesses,” reported the Associated Press. “It asked for public comment on whether employers with fewer than 100 employees could handle vaccination or testing programs.”
Currently, businesses with more than 100 employees must fire their unvaccinated workers or face fines of $14,000 per employee from OSHA, a regulatory agency within the Department of Labor.
Comment from small businesses in support of expanding the divisive vaccine mandate further seems unlikely. Already, the vaccine mandate is wildly unpopular among Republicans. Prior to his opponent’s radical anti-parent stance, Virginia Governor-elect’s campaign was based largely around opposition to COVID-19 vaccine mandates, mask mandates, and lockdowns.
Additionally, Senate Republicans have already announced that they will stop a government funding bill and risk shutting down the federal government if Joe Biden and his White House do not blink on their vaccine mandate. Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) recently revealed the plan in a video released to his constituents, as National File reported:
“I hope the president heard loud and clear to never get between a mama bear and her cubs,” the Republican from Kansas continued. “And whether the issue is guardrails for our school curriculum or the issues is a vaccine for our children, or maybe making that choice between a jab or a job for those children’s parents, that the President is listing – that we still value our individual liberties.”
“I want the people of Kansas, I want Congress, I want the President to know that we are going to use every tool in our toolbox, every arrow in our quiver to stop Joe Biden’s unlawful vaccine mandate,” said Marshall.
“Including, if we have to, stopping cloture on the CR to fund the government unless they take out this language which harms hard-working Americans.”
Additionally, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) made another move that may gain significant support should Republicans retake the House of Representatives in 2022. Biggs introduced the Nullify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act to abolish OSHA, the regulatory agency charged with inspecting and fining small businesses as part of Biden’s vaccine mandate.