GOP senators introduced a bipartisan bill on Wednesday to “freeze” COVID vaccination coverage for children and adults in states that have enacted so-called “emergency” COVE-19 vaccination laws, a move that will be controversial.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 to advance the measure, which was introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D) and was introduced after the bill was sent to the full Senate for consideration.

Graham said the bill would help “the American people” by ensuring that Americans “are protected from the threat of COVID in their state of residence.”

The bill would allow states that enacted emergency vaccination laws in the wake of the pandemic to freeze COVID coverage for adults, children and families in the following states for up to six months.

The legislation is intended to allow states to respond quickly to outbreaks, as they did after the 2014 pandemic.

The bill will be subject to amendments, and Graham and Booker are currently working on amendments to the bill.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, center, speaks at a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday.

AP photo/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisThe bill has bipartisan support, as well as support from many Republicans, and it is being hailed by some as a step toward a bipartisan solution to the COVID outbreak.

The measure comes as Democrats have called on Republican leaders to take steps to stop President Donald Trump from temporarily barring people from certain countries from entering the United States.

The legislation would require states to issue new COVID vaccine certificates to individuals and families living in the affected countries who are unable to obtain a COVID booster.

If a certificate is not issued within six months, the state would be subject and liable for up $250,000 to $1 million in additional COVID costs.

In addition, the bill could also require states and territories to notify states and localities that they have temporarily suspended vaccination for individuals and children in the country who have not yet received a COVE vaccine.

States that are affected by the COVE pandemic could then temporarily suspend COVE vaccination coverage, or impose other restrictions to limit exposure.

States would be able to appeal such orders to the U.S. Supreme Court.

States could also be required to notify local authorities if they had a “reasonable suspicion” that individuals were coming into the country from a country that is not in compliance with the federal government’s emergency COVE protocols.

States have until Dec. 11 to provide the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with a copy of their COVID virus testing records, but Graham said the legislation would allow for a full review by the CDC and Congress.

Graham called the proposal a “common sense approach” that would help ensure that Americans are protected from COVID.

Graham told the committee that he supported the measure for other reasons.

“It is time to end this epidemic,” Graham said.

“We have to stop this.

And this is the only way to do that.”

The measure is likely to be met with resistance in the Republican-controlled Senate, which is controlled by the White House.

Republicans have struggled to pass health care legislation in recent years and are still in the midst of crafting a replacement to Obamacare.

Graham and his colleagues have said that if a bipartisan proposal was crafted, it would be sent to Trump for his approval.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.