Freedom Caucus urges McConnell to freeze government funding on vaccine mandates

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The House Freedom Caucus called on the Senate Minority Leader on Wednesday Mitch mcconnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell The 9 Most Impactful Politicians of 2021 The Best Political Books of 2021 The Tale of Two Tax Policies: What Motivates the Senate MORE (R-Ky.) To use every tool at its disposal to deny the “timely passage” of government funding legislation in the upper house on the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates.

With current government funding set to expire on Friday, the Republican group is pressuring party colleagues in the upper house to use what they described in a letter to McConnell as “significant leverage” against them. warrants they deem “illegal”.

Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus say they want McConnell to use “every procedural tool” in his arsenal “to deny the timely passage of [a continuing resolution] unless it prohibits funding – in all respects – of vaccine mandates and their implementation. “

The letter comes as lawmakers in both chambers strive to strike a deal to prevent a Friday shutdown with a Continuing Resolution (CR), which will temporarily fund the government at budget levels from the previous year until a Wider bipartisan agreement could be reached on spending. levels for the new year.

House Democrats said they considered introducing legislation to start the process on Wednesday. But some said the process has been put on hold, pending an agreement on a Senate timetable where Democrats are expected to get 10 votes from Republicans in the upper chamber to pass the bill.

The Hill has contacted McConnell’s office and the White House for comment.

The House Freedom Caucus decision marks one of Republicans’ latest attacks on President BidenJoe Biden Roberts calls for judicial independence in year-end report Biden to meet with Ukrainian president Documents show Chinese government collecting a lot of data on Western social media: MORE reportvaccines mandates. It also happens when the administration continues its to push for COVID-19 vaccine requirements for businesses, healthcare workers, and employees of federal contractors.

The caucus push has gathered momentum among Republican senators who oppose mandates. But the chances of success for the effort to come on Friday remain unclear.

Asked about the likelihood of a shutdown later this week, McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill: “I think you’ll be fine.”

Updated at 14:13

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