Vax Mandates Remain After Four Republican Senators Skip Senate Vote

( So-called “Republican” legislators who didn’t turn up for an important vote on Thursday evening just allowed the Democrats to continue implementing vaccine mandates.

Among those Republicans were Senators Mitt Romney, Jim Inhofe, Lindsey Graham, and Richard Burr. All four legislators simply didn’t turn up for the Senate vote as an amendment to the 2022 Continuing Resolution was being considered. The amendment was voted down in a 47-46 vote, however, because those Republicans chose not to turn up.

At the same time, it’s important to recognize that had they turned up, they may have actually voted against it too…

The amendment was proposed by Republican Senator for Utah Mike Lee. Had it passed, the resolution would have defunded President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates – at least, the ones that are still in effect and which were not deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had set the threshold for the legislation to a majority. It means that, technically, Schumer could have set the threshold to 60 if Republicans had shown that they had sufficient votes to pass it – but he knew they didn’t.

Curiously, some Democrats did decide to vote in favor of the amendment. It means that, had the Republicans all turned up and voted with those Democrats, it could have empowered some more Democrats in the future to do the right thing. But they didn’t.

United States Rep. for Texas Chip Roy slammed those. Republicans who didn’t turn up, and called or all Senate Republicans to be “held accountable for voting to fund this government.”

Others called for those Republicans to face primary challenges – and to be removed from the party.

Lindsey Graham is really on thin ice at the moment…