Senator Joe Manchin, the Democrat from West Virginia has refused to say whether or not he will vote for the Republican amendment to defund the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate.
Manchin, when asked if he would vote for an amendment to block funding for Biden’s vaccine mandate, said he is still “working through it,” reported Breitbart News.
“I’ve been very supportive of a mandate for federal government, for military. … I’ve been less enthused about it in the private sector,” said Manchin.
Congressional leaders have struck a tentative deal to fund the federal government through February; however, many Senate conservatives, led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), hope to use the spectre of a government shutdown to defund Biden’s vaccine mandate.
Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, and Roger Marshall, support the deal.
“The conservative senators have pushed their proposed amendment to defund the vaccine mandate to receive a simple majority vote, or 51 votes, instead. This would mean that with all Republican and Manchin’s support, the amendment would be included as part of the continuing resolution,” reports Breitbart News.