Breaking Thursday, the Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate for employers with 100 or more employees.
In a second case, the Court allowed the “administration’s vaccine mandate for health-care workers at facilities that receive federal funding to go into effect” reports National Review.
The conservative majority of the justices ruled to block Biden’s vaccine mandate for private businesses, pending further review by the court.
The Biden administration argued the mandate held up to legal scrutiny with authority from the 1971 Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) which allows the federal government to regulate workplace health and safety standards.
The court argued the risk posed by Covid did not meet the very “narrow circumstances” to invoke the Emergency Temporary Standard provision of the law.
“Specifically, the Labor Secretary must demonstrate that ‘employees are exposed to grave danger from exposure to substances or agents determined to be toxic or physically harmful or from new hazards” reports National Review.
The opinion of the court states, “Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly. Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category.”
Liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan vehemently argued in opposition. Their statement reads:
“When we are wise, we know not to displace the judgments of experts, acting within the sphere Congress marked out and under Presidential control, to deal with emergency conditions…Today, we are not wise. In the face of a still-raging pandemic, this Court tells the agency charged with protecting worker safety that it may not do so in all the workplaces needed. As disease and death continue to mount, this Court tells the agency that it cannot respond in the most effective way possible.”
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Biden: ‘We Need More Money to Plan for the Second Pandemic’
There’s nothing more reassuring than a President telling Americans that no matter how much they are suffering, more is coming.
Biden was asked the question “how many of the nation’s kids will you be able to get vaccinated before you need more money from Congress?”
“We’ll get through at least this year. We, we do need more money. But we don’t just need more money for vaccines for children eventually…”
And then Biden said this harrowing statement: “We need more money to plan for the second pandemic.”
He then emphasizes, “there’s going to be another pandemic. We have to think ahead. And that’s not something the last outfit did very well; that’s something we’ve been doing fairly well” he adds before concluding, “that’s why we need the money.”
BIDEN: "We need more money to plan for the second pandemic. There's going to be another pandemic." pic.twitter.com/MoMemMRxZL
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 21, 2022
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