Manchin Still Opposes Private Vaccine Mandate, But ‘Courts Have Spoken’

Moderate Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said that he still opposes the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees, after a federal court ruled to allow the mandate to proceed.

Manchin made the comments during an interview with Bret Baier on “Fox News Sunday.”

“You had Friday, a ruling from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals allowing President Biden’s vaccine requirements for large private employers to move forward. You’ve been clear you’ve been against mandates on businesses,” Baier said. “What’s your reaction to that, and what you think is going to happen?”

“Well, first of all, my reaction is President Biden has been doing everything humanly possible to get vaccines and making sure people understand how serious this is,” Manchin responded. “I’ve had all of my vaccine shots and my booster, too. My whole family has. I recommend and basically plead with every West Virginian, every American to do so.”

“But with that, I’ve said first public dollars. We’re working for your tax dollars,” Manchin continued. “Then the government employees, the military, all the services that we depend on by what we’re supporting through our public dollars, should be that mandate which the president put out as an order. I agree 1,000 percent with him.”

“I did not agree on the private sector of 100-plus members — employees of a business or more. I thought businesses really should make those decisions. They have done and they want [to do and] keep their employees healthy. They should be able to make the decisions,” Manchin said. “It shouldn’t be that government has to make every decision in the private arena. That’s all.”

However, Manchin conceded to the decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which allowed the mandate to proceed, and encouraged Americans to get vaccinated.

“But now, the courts — the courts have spoken. That is the law. I pray to good Lord that everyone abides by this law, and get vaccinated. Please, get vaccinated,” Manchin said.

Manchin originally came out against the employer mandate in a statement on December 2nd, as The Daily Wire previously reported. “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,” Manchin said at the time. “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,” Manchin continued. “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 I continue to urge every West Virginian to get vaccinated themselves.”

The Daily Wire was one of the first companies to challenge the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for large businesses. A group of more than two dozen business has since filed an appeal with the Supreme Court asking to overturn the Sixth Circuit’s decision.

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