Breaking news out of the White House Tuesday as it announced it is scrapping its vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers. The decision comes shortly after the Supreme Court blocked the rule pending further review just two weeks ago.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said in a statement, “Although OSHA is withdrawing the vaccination and testing ETS as an enforceable emergency temporary standard, the agency is not withdrawing the ETS as a proposed rule.”
“The agency is prioritizing its resources to focus on finalizing a permanent COVID-19 Healthcare Standard…OSHA continues to strongly encourage the vaccination of workers against the continuing dangers posed by Covid-19 in the workplace,” the statement continued.
In a 6-3 vote earlier this month, the Supreme Court found OSHA lacked authority to impose the mandate, because the law created “empowers the Secretary to set workplace safety standards, not broad public health measures.”
The case was to be returned to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, but now that the Labor Department dropped the mandate, any outstanding legal proceedings will be dropped.
Another blow was also handed to the administration’s mandate on Friday when a federal judge in Texas ended Biden’s enforcement of the vaccine mandate for federal workers.
Judge Jeffrey Brown wrote in his 20-page ruling:
“This case is not about whether folks should get vaccinated against COVID-19 — the court believes they should…It is not even about the federal government’s power, exercised properly, to mandate vaccination of its employees. It is instead about whether the president can, with the stroke of a pen and without the input of Congress, require millions of federal employees to undergo a medical procedure as a condition of their employment. That, under the current state of the law as just recently expressed by the Supreme Court, is a bridge too far.”
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The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic sent a letter to CIA director William Burns discussing the CIA and a COVID-19 cover-up. The letter asserts that it has knowledge from a whistleblower from the CIA’s “Covid Discovery Team” that was tasked with investigating the origins of the novel coronavirus. “New testimony from a highly credibly whistleblower” alleges that the CIA “rewarded six analysts with significant financial incentives to change their COVID-19 origins conclusion from a lab-leak to zoonosis
Apart from a “lone officer” in the group who believed the virus “originated through zoonosis,” the remaining officials agreed that, on balance of probabilities, the coronavirus was likely the result of a lab-leak.
“According to the whistleblower, at the end of its review, six of the seven members of the Team believed the intelligence and science were sufficient to make a low confidence assessment that Covid-19 originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China,” the letter reads. “To come to the eventual public determination of uncertainty, the other six members were given a significant monetary incentive to change their position.”
In June, the agency declassified its report that the available evidence on the origins of the coronavirus suggested it “was not genetically engineered.”
New testimony from a highly credible whistleblower alleges @CIA rewarded six analysts with significant financial incentives to change their COVID-19 origins conclusion from a lab-leak to zoonosis. pic.twitter.com/KIemfi2Wgl
— Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic (@COVIDSelect) September 12, 2023
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