(ReliableNews.org) – The answer to that is an unequivocal ‘not right now.’ Legislators passed a continuing resolution at the end of September to fund the government through midnight, December 3. Then, on Thursday, December 2, the House passed another appropriations bill extending funding through February 18, 2022. Despite all odds, the Senate agreed to work overtime Thursday evening to find a way to fund the government.
Republican Senators like Mike Lee (R-UT) said they won’t support a continuing resolution without addressing the issue of vaccine mandates. As he pointed out, numerous federal courts have already held the idea mandates raise “serious issues.” He thinks Democrats should “delay enforcement of the mandates” for the duration of any resolution.
Likewise, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-MD) submitted a letter signed by a total of 15 Republican senators to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), warning him they would not support a continuing measure containing any funds for vaccine mandates.
But, at the last minute, Senate Republicans struck a deal with Democrats. The chamber held a one-time vote on an amendment to block funds for Biden’s mask mandate for large companies. However, that measure failed.
As agreed, the Senate voted on the continuing resolution next. The measure passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 69 to 28.
Senate Republicans will likely raise the issue of defunding mask mandates again at the end of February when the current spending measure expires.
So for now, the government remains open — at least until February when we’ll go through all of this again.
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