Conservatives Eye Govt. Shutdown to Block Vaccine Mandate Funding

Senate conservatives could force the government to shut down for as long as a week to protest President Biden’s vaccine mandate for large employers.

If conservatives led by Senate Republican Steering Committee Chairman Mike Lee (R-Utah) refuse to yield back procedural time on the floor, it could take as long as nine days to approve a stopgap spending measure that would keep the government funded into late January or February.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters on Wednesday that talks to fund the government are “making good progress” but warned that a small group of Senate GOP conservatives could block the stop-gap by throwing up procedural hurdles.

“We’re making good progress on the CR. I hope a small group of Republicans don’t choose obstruction and try to shut down the government,” he said. “We need to come together and keep the government open.”

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