(Washington) The US Senate on Wednesday voted against the vaccine obligations imposed by the Republican camp initiative Joe Biden, which may be ineffective due to the possibility of a presidential veto.
All Republican senators, including two Democrats from conservative states, voted in favor of a text specifically intended for an executive order unveiled by the US president in September, which required employees of companies with more than 100 people to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The move, currently barred in court, has provoked protests from a section of the American population: in a country with personal liberties, conservatives view central authority with suspicion.
Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell thundered Thursday that “President Biden’s absurd vaccination responsibility is an abuse of power.”
Like him, many Republicans say they are in favor of the vaccine, but are against its responsibility.
“Make it clear that I am against state-sponsored immunity requirements on private companies,” West Virginia’s elect Joe Manchin and one of the two Democrats who supported the initiative said before the vote.
The text is unlikely to succeed: it must still be confirmed in the House of Representatives, where Democrats are in the majority, before Joe Biden can come to the desk and veto it.
In parallel to this stalemate between government, justice and elected officials, cities have decided for themselves to be vaccinated. The New York Mayor announced Monday that all private sector employees will soon be responsible for vaccinating against the coronavirus, which has already killed more than 790,000 people in the United States.