Two Republicans, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they expected an amendment vote to eventually be called, which would pave the way for the spending bill to be enacted. Some Republican senators were absent Thursday night, meaning the amendment is set to fail regardless of Mr Manchin’s decision.
Several high-ranking Republicans who opposed the mandate warned that the dispute was not worth closing the government, especially since the country is facing a new variant of coronavirus.
The requirement, which the Biden administration set to take effect in January, has become trapped in court challenges. In November, a federal appeals court upheld a deadlock and said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had overstepped its authority in enacting the rule.
“I don’t think shutting down the government on this issue is going to get any result,” Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, told Fox News. “It would only create chaos and uncertainty, so I don’t think that’s the best way to do this job. “
But it would only take one senator to file an objection to slow passage of the spending bill and force a cut in government funding.
“It’s so silly, that we have people who are anti-science, anti-vaccination, saying that they are going to close the government for that,” said President Nancy Pelosi, visibly exasperated, during her press conference. weekly. “We’re not going to attack their anti-vaccine acts, okay? “
“So if you think that’s how we’re going to keep government open,” she added, “forget it. “