The US Senate on Wednesday opposed the mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 imposed by President Joe Biden.
Without practical consideration
The Republican camp initiative, however, is not expected to have a practical response, given the president’s ability to veto.
All Republican senators, as well as two Democrats who traditionally represent conservative states, voted in favor of the text, which specifically targets the presidential executive order signed by the head of state in September.
According to this, the employees of the companies with more than 100 employees are obliged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The measure – its implementation is temporarily blocked by US justice – caused outrage among the population and the GOP as a whole.
“Abuse of power”
In the land of individual liberties, conservatives often defy central authority.
“President Biden’s unreasonable (mandatory) vaccination is an abuse of power,” said Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Like him, many Republicans are in favor of vaccines, but against compulsory vaccination.
“It’s clear I oppose any mandatory vaccination imposed by the state and private companies,” said West Virginia Sen. Joe Mancin, one of the two Democrats who supported the initiative.
The text, however, has no chance of going any further: it must be approved by the House of Representatives, where Democrats retain a majority of seats, before it can be passed to the office of Joe Biden, who can veto it.
In the midst of the ongoing brawl between government, justice and elected officials, cities decide to impose their own vaccination.
The mayor of New York announced on Monday that all private sector workers will soon be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
With more than 790,000 deaths from COVID-19, the United States is by far the hardest hit by the new coronavirus pandemic worldwide.