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The resolution, which still needs approval from the House of Representives, was the latest blow to President Biden’s nationwide vaccination push. (Credit: Hannah Beier) The resolution, which still needs approval from the House of Representives, was the latest blow to President Biden’s nationwide vaccination push. (Credit: Hannah Beier)

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday night to block President Joe Biden’s mandate for coronavirus vaccinations or testing for private-sector workers in a mostly symbolic defeat for the administration but one that illustrates the nation’s political polarization over dealing with the pandemic.

Two Democrats representing states Biden lost last year —Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana — joined all 50 Republicans to oppose the mandate, which has already been paused by the courts and is not yet being enforced.

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