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Republican senators consider government shutdown to defund Biden vaccine mandates

Christian Fernsby |
Republican senators may shut down the federal government in an effort to defund COVID-19 vaccine mandates by the Biden administration.

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"The vaccine mandate is going to shut down our businesses in this country which is going to further disrupt" the economy," Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., told FOX Business Wednesday.

"If it was a choice between shutting down the government for a couple of days versus shutting down businesses, better off to shut down the government."

There are almost certainly enough GOP votes to overcome a filibuster and pass a continuing resolution. But just one senator objecting can use procedural tools to force the chamber to drag out consideration of a bill.

And with just over 72 hours until government funding runs out, that could cause a shutdown. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said it seems that's a likely outcome.

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