Pelosi: This is so silly that we have people that are anti-vaccination saying they’re going to shut down government over that and you’re asking me what’s our message pic.twitter.com/oU9lFUoBSj
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a Thursday morning press conference that a failure to keep the government open would be the result of the Senate Republicans taking an anti-vaccination stance.
“We’re not going for their anti-vaxxing, so if you think that’s how we’re going to keep government open, forget that,” Pelosi said.
Some Senate Republicans are threatening to vote down a stopgap government funding bill unless it strips enforcement provisions from the White House’s vaccine mandate for larger employers…
The House of Representatives came to a bipartisan agreement on Thursday to vote to keep the government open through mid-February, after the previous stopgap vote in September extended the funding through Dec. 3. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the government would stay open but was urged by members of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus to do whatever it takes to strip out the vaccine mandate.
“How do they explain to the public that they’re shutting down government because they don’t want people to get vaccinated?” Pelosi said Thursday of Senate Republicans. “Why don’t you ask them? This is so silly that we have people who are anti-science, anti-vaccination saying they’re going to shut down government over that.”
“We will get it done, and we’ll get it done in a timely fashion,” she said, adding, “We anticipate that the Senate will pass the legislation.”
Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said he would allow the bill to keep the government open to pass but first wanted a vote on his amendment to defund the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for businesses…
“Unfortunately, it seems Republican dysfunction could be a roadblock to averting an unnecessary and dangerous shutdown,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the floor Thursday. “If there is a shutdown, it will be a Republican, anti-vaccine shutdown.”