GOP Mulls Govt. Shutdown Over Vaccine Mandate Funding

Republicans are weighing forcing a government shutdown if the next federal spending plan includes funding for COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The continuing resolution expires Feb. 18 and Republicans are circulating a letter vowing to pull support for funding the government, forcing a shutdown, Fox News reported Tuesday.

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, is leading the effort to force Congress to strip out funding tied to vaccine mandates in order to pass a continuing resolution or a federal appropriations bill to keep the government funded.

“Most Republicans say that vaccine mandates are tyrannical and foolish, but will they unite before government funding expires Feb. 18 to pledge not to fund enforcement of these mandates?” Roy asked, according to the report. “Will at least 10 of the 19 GOP senators who voted to punt last time now stand up for health care workers or not?

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