On Wednesday, the Senate voted to revoke President Biden's federal vaccine mandate for private businesses under the "Congressional Review Act." The Senate approved the repeal in a 52-48 vote, with senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Tester (D-MT) voting alongside the Republicans. [tweet_embed] December 13, 2021[/tweet_embed] A condition of employment under the Biden Administration's vaccine mandate on private businesses states that employers with 100 or more employees would need to guarantee that their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19, or agree to weekly COVID tests. The Senate's vote to repeal the mandate does not yet mean it will actually be revoked. The bill still has to go through the house, and even if the house backs the repeal, President Biden has the power to veto the bill. According to Fox News, Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) sponsored the bill and announced that the mandates are a "heavy hand of government" hurting businesses. "It's got Main Street America scared," Braun stated. "They're worried about, well, what does this mean on other issues? Anybody who thinks this is a good idea, imagine the next time it happens when you're on the wrong side on whatever the merits of the case would be." [tweet_embed] December 13, 2021[/tweet_embed] Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia announced that families should choose which medical treatments they get without having to fear losing the ability to provide for their families. "It's daunting to families as they're facing higher bills for their gas and their heating," Sen. Capito announced. "They are very concerned about what this would do to their long-term ability to get a job, keep a job. I think they realize that this is an invasion into their own abilities to make decisions about themselves in their health care." Senate Democrats were strongly against repealing the mandates and called those against the mandates “anti-science.” "Some of the anti-vaxxers here in this chamber remind me of what happened 400 years ago when people were clinging to the fact that the sun revolved around the Earth. They just didn't believe science. Or 500 years ago when they were sure the Earth was flat," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated. [tweet_embed] December 13, 2021[/tweet_embed] A fight over the mandate nearly derailed efforts to fund the government before a critical deadline last week. The Senate approved a continuing resolution to fund the government with only hours to spare. They rejected a Republican-backed amendment to strip funding from Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the entity responsible for implementing the mandate.