December 02, 2021

Manchin Votes To Prevent Government Shutdown

Manchin bill will repeal vaccine mandate for private businesses

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted to prevent a government shutdown and fund the federal government through February 18th, 2022 through a continuing resolution.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and as the new Omicron variant emerges, I will not vote to shut down the government for purely political reasons. There is too much at stake for the American people. But let me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses. That’s why I have cosponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses. I have long said we should incentivize, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19. I have personally had both vaccine doses and a booster shot and continue to urge every West Virginian to get vaccinated themselves.