The federal government’s funding will run out again in February without a new operational spending bill. More than a dozen House Republicans have publicly declared their intent to oppose legislation that will provide ongoing funding at that time that allocates money to Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates.
The group said they will not vote to fund the federal government if it intends to enforce “tyrannical COVID-19 vaccine mandates.”
Four of the five Biden Administration vaccine mandates are still being enforced to some extent. The mandate on private employers of more than 100 workers that were to be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was found invalid by the Supreme Court. After the order finding that OSHA did not have authority from Congress to enact such a mandate, the agency terminated its rule-making process. Mandates applicable to medical workers, armed forces personnel, federal employees, and federal contractors are still in place.
The House Republicans signing the letter are led by Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), and they warn Congress that it is not enough to have faith in the courts to overturn Biden’s mandates. The group calls for opposition by a unified Republican Party to any further funding of the mandates.
The group said that they will refuse to support any funding resolution or appropriations measure that funds the mandates “at any level of government.”
At the last government funding showdown, Senate Republicans ended up turning against the strategy of using a shutdown to pressure Democrats into a compromise on mandates. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) enacted a separate amendment that defunded the mandates. That amendment failed as 19 Republican senators voted in favor of a continuing budget resolution keeping the government open through February 18.
The conservative House Republicans signing the letter are now working to pressure at least 10 Senate Republicans to filibuster the following measure presented to fund the government. Roy asked in a statement that Republicans unite against the mandates they have said are “tyrannical and foolish.”