Senate GOP introduces resolution to nix Biden health worker vaccine mandate

Senate Republicans have introduced a formal resolution of disapproval intending to nullify President BidenJoe BidenCourt nixes offshore drilling leases auctioned by Biden administration Laquan McDonald's family pushes for federal charges against officer ahead of early release Biden speaks with Ukrainian president amid Russian threat MORE’s vaccine mandate for health care workers.

The resolution, led by GOP Sens. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnSenate Republicans press federal authorities for information on Texas synagogue hostage-taker Sunday shows preview: Democrats' struggle for voting rights bill comes to a head CNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee MORE (Tenn.) and Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallSwalwell slams House Republican for touting funding in bill she voted down The Hill's Morning Report: Biden takes it on the chin GOP senator plans to introduce FAUCI Act after clash at hearing MORE (Kan.), comes after Republicans earlier this month were successful in passing a similar one against the administration's vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers.

Senators voted 52-48 on that resolution, which needed a simple majority to be approved. Democratic Sens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSwing-state voters concerned about Build Back Better's impact on inflation: poll Fiscal spending deadline nears while lawmakers face pressure to strike deal Conservative group rolls out .5 million ad buy pressuring Manchin, Tester to oppose Build Back Better MORE (Mont.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Health Care — ObamaCare gets record numbers On The Money — Economy had post-recession growth in 2021 Progressives apply pressure on Biden, Senate to pass Build Back Better MORE (W.Va.) voted with Republicans.

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So far, there are more than 30 GOP co-sponsors of the new resolution.

The Congressional Review Act, which was enacted in 1996, sets up a fast-track process in the Senate that allows the minority party to force a vote on a resolution to disapprove of a federal rule. That law, however, does not have a fast-track process for the House.

Instead, Republicans are hoping to get the simple majority needed to force a vote through a discharge petition, which will require support from a handful of House Democrats. 

Even if the resolution passes the House, Biden will veto it. 

The mandate was rolled out by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which sought to require the COVID-19 vaccine for health care workers at providers that participate in Medicare and Medicaid.

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The announcement comes as the U.S. breaks daily records for COVID-19 cases, though recent infections associated with the omicron variant have so far been milder than previous iterations of the virus for people who are vaccinated.

“Tennessee’s healthcare workers should not be fired from showing up to work and providing lifesaving care. This resolution will stop the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from firing the nurses, doctors, and medical professionals that care for the elderly, poor, and most vulnerable," Blackburn said in a statement.

Lower courts have split over the health worker requirement and the large employer vaccine-or-test requirement, and the Supreme Court has scheduled an expedited hearing on both for Jan. 7.