WASHINGTON, DC – Once again, the federal government is nearing a fiscal deadline  that could lead to a government shutdown if an agreement isn’t reached beforehand. They have until midnight this Friday.
While the threat of a shutdown looms, some Republican leaders  have stepped up to say that this situation could be used as “leverage” against Joe Biden’s mandates regarding COVID-19. The Senate will have to pass a continuing resolution (CR), followed by the House, to keep the government open and running.
However, in order to get a “quick consideration” sought to keep the government funded into early 2022, the vote has to be unanimous, meaning it will take only one Republican in the Senate to block a resolution.
Even though they only need one, Senator Roger Marshall said in early November  that he may have the backing of as many as 15 Senators to “defund” the Covid shot mandate.
In a statement, Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee said, “I’m sure we would all like to simplify the process for resolving the CR, but I can’t facilitate that without addressing the vaccine mandates. Given that federal courts across the country have raised serious issues with these mandates, it’s not unreasonable for my Democratic colleagues to delay enforcement of the mandates for at least the length of the continuing resolution.”
“We’re opposed to the mandate,” said Senator Ron Johnson . “We don’t want the federal government to be able to fund them in any way shape or form.”
“I think we should use the leverage we have to fight against what are illegal, unconstitutional, and abusive mandates from a president and an administration that knows they are violating the law,” said Senator Ted Cruz.
As for the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is even in support of the strategy, according to Politico Playbook. 
Additionally, Representative Chip Roy out of Texas said Republicans can use “all procedural tools to deny the continuing resolution passage Friday night” to block the mandate. Republican Ohio Senate Candidate J.D. Vance has said that , if an agreement isn’t reached beforehand, Republicans should let the government shut down and stay that way until the Biden administration rescinds the mandates or the courts stop them.