First-term Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is up for re-election in 2022, has recently broken her silence on Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate, which appears to be headed for defeat when the U.S. Senate votes to buck his executive order.

Context: Whitmer Called the Biden mandates “a problem” for both businesses and her government

“We’re an employer too, the state of Michigan. I know if that mandate happens, we’re going to lose state employees. That’s why I haven’t proposed a mandate. We have a lot of the same concerns,” Whitmer said, as reported by the Greenville Daily News. “It’s going to be a problem for all of us.”

Why it’s Important: Whitmer is the second Democratic governor to buck Joe Biden following Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, who said the following on November 5, 2021:

“Yesterday, I reviewed the new vaccine mandate from the Biden Administration. While I appreciate the intention to keep people safe, a goal I share, I don’t believe this directive is the correct, or the most effective, solution for Kansas. 

“States have been leading the fight against COVID-19 from the start of the pandemic. It is too late to impose a federal standard now that we have already developed systems and strategies that are tailored for our specific needs. I will seek a resolution that continues to recognize the uniqueness of our state and builds on our on-going efforts to combat a once-in-a-century crisis.”

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