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Business News Roundup, Dec. 21, 2021

A vow to press forward with the Build Back Better Act, appeals to the Supreme Court on an OSHA vaccine mandate, and the Connecticut governor’s decision against statewide COVID-19 rules are among the top business news items this morning.


Democratic senators will bring forward a vote on the Build Back Better Act despite Senator Joe Manchin’s announcement that he cannot support the $2 trillion social policy and environmental legislation. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says the Senate will hold a vote on the bill in January, and may potentially revise the legislation in an effort to win a majority.

The Supreme Court has received several appeals after a judicial panel lifted a stay on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employers with 100 or more workers. The appeals seek to either freeze this decision or have the Supreme Court hear arguments on the matter.


Governor Ned Lamont has reiterated that he does not intend to put any new mandates in place in Connecticut despite a rise in COVID-19 cases. Some public health officials have urged Lamont to reconsider, saying mask or vaccine requirements could help stem the spread of the virus.

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