WASHINGTON – Today, US Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo (both R-Idaho) voted in favor of the SJRes of the Congressional Review Act (CRA). 29, a joint disapproving congressional resolution to formally rescind the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) vaccine mandate for private companies. It was passed by the Senate by 51 votes to 49, with all Senate Republicans voting in favor, as well as Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.). Senators Crapo and Risch were the original co-sponsors of the CRA when it was introduced on November 17, 2021.
“The blatant federal overreach of President Biden’s vaccine tenure unfairly weighs on businesses across our country and endangers our individual freedoms. I encourage the people of Idaho to see their health care provider for the COVID-19 vaccine. However, getting the vaccine is a decision the federal government cannot make. Individuals must make this decision themselves ”, Senator Risch said.
“Vaccines have historically proven to be essential to the public health goal of disease prevention. We have had record vaccine development, thanks to American medical ingenuity and Operation Warp Speed. However, a single federal mandate on vaccines and private business practices is not a reasonable solution now or ever. It is best to leave medical decisions to the patients and their physicians. I will continue to fight for the federal government to respect the powers entrusted to it by the Constitution ”, said Crapo.
If the House of Representatives also passes the joint resolution and it is signed by the president, another rule could not be published in “substantially the same form” as the canceled rule unless Congress authorizes it as that new law. The CRA allows a fast-track process for Congress to consider a joint resolution to overturn an agency’s rule, and requires a simple majority vote for passage.
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