WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators from Idaho Mike Crapo and Jim Risch voted on Wednesday in favor of a joint congressional disapproval resolution to formally overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccination mandate in US Department of Labor labor for private companies. The Senate passed SJRes. 29 by a vote of 52-48, with all Senate Republicans voting in favor, along with Senators Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Jon Tester (D-Montana). Senators Crapo and Risch were the original co-sponsors of the resolution when it was introduced on November 17, 2021.
“Vaccines have historically proven to be essential to the public health goal of disease prevention. We 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. Medical decisions are best left to patients and their doctors. I will continue to fight for the federal government to respect the powers granted to it by the Constitution,” said Senator Crapo.
“The gross overreach of the federal government presented by President Biden’s vaccine mandate unfairly burdens our country’s businesses and endangers our individual freedoms. I encourage people in Idaho to see their health care provider to get the COVID-19 vaccine. However, getting vaccinated is a decision the federal government cannot make. Individuals have to make that decision themselves,” Senator Risch said.