House and Senate Conservatives are leading the way in funding President Joe Biden’s vaccine tenure through a government spending bill.
Government funding will likely expire on December 3, and Tories hope to use the impending government shutdown to fund Biden’s attempt to force coronavirus vaccines on the American people.
In the Senate, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) is leading the Tories who insisted on banning funds for Biden vaccine warrants as a condition of continuing to fund the government. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would fund the government until January.
Lee’s conservative group will disagree with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who has pledged there will be no government shutdown or debt default. The debt ceiling fight will come later in December.
At a Republican Senate luncheon on Wednesday, Lee said funding the vaccine through government spending authorization was the best way to fund the vaccine’s mandate.
Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) led a movement with 50 Senate Republicans to eliminate the Biden vaccine mandate through a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution. The Senate will likely vote next week on the CRA resolution.
Braun argued that his method is the easiest way to eliminate the warrant.
“Most people agree with me,” Braun said.
Nonetheless, many Senate Conservatives seemed to agree with Lee’s strategy, including Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Roger Marshall (R-KS).
“It’s to Senator Schumer. If he stops any kind of funding for the vaccine mandate, then I think it goes forward. But if he doesn’t. … The people back home want to know how hard we are fighting for them, ”Marshall said in support of Lee’s strategy.
Cruz and Marshall have said they will accept an amendment vote on vaccine mandates if McConnell can get a vote from Schumer.
Both senators hope to have Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) on board, as he took similar steps in September.
House conservatives have led a similar movement in the lower house of Congress.
The House Freedom Caucus released a statement Wednesday calling on McConnell to “refuse the timely adoption of the CR unless he bans – in all respects – for vaccination mandates.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) noted that the House will not vote on Wednesday, which means a short-term shutdown is increasingly likely.
“It is incomprehensible to me that one cannot pass a simple CR”, Hoyer noted.
Sean Moran is congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on twitter @ SeanMoran3.