Months ago, Biden announced that workers hired by businesses with 100+ employees would need to either get COVID vaccines or test for the virus on a weekly basis.
Immediately, the president’s attempt to implement a sweeping, countrywide vaccine mandate of this nature was met with backlash and legal challenges. Religious organizations and business groups joined conservatives in suing the Biden administration over this.
Eventually, the matter went all the way up to the Supreme Court. For days on end, many Americans eagerly awaited the verdict that would have nationwide implications.
On Thursday afternoon, the Supreme Court voted in favor of striking down Biden’s vaccination mandate for businesses, a mandate that would have been enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), per Newsmax.
Reviewing the Demise of Biden’s OSHA Vaccine Mandate
Ultimately, the Supreme Court arrived at the conclusion that Biden’s business vaccination mandate would “encroach” on workers’ lives and businesses.
The highest court in the nation furthermore determined that OSHA does not have the authority to implement public health regulations.
Ultimately, all six conservative justices on the court voted against Biden’s mandate, whereas all three liberal justices voted to keep the mandate in place.
NEW: The Supreme Court blocked Biden's authoritarian vaccine mandate for private businesses.
This is a victory for American workers, and the GOP is proud of our role filing one of the lawsuits that halted this mandate.
— GOP (@GOP) January 13, 2022
The demise of Biden’s OSHA mandate is very well welcomed by much of the nation. This mandate was driving more and more Americans out of work during a time when employees are considerably needed.
Meanwhile, many people noted that had the Supreme Court upheld Biden’s OSHA vaccine mandate, Democrats would become emboldened to push for more sweeping measures of this nature.
While the Supreme Court struck down the OSHA vaccine mandate, they did vote to keep in place the vaccination mandate for healthcare workers throughout the United States.
Reaction from the White House
Biden released a statement shortly after the news broke of the Supreme Court sending his OSHA vaccine mandate into the trash bin.
The 46th president called upon businesses to implement vaccine mandates for their workers anyway. Biden also noted his disappointment in being stopped from weaponizing the federal government as a tool of controlling people’s healthcare decisions.
SUPREME COURT: “OSHA has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress.”
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 13, 2022
Towards the end of the statement, Biden declared the onus to enforce vaccine mandates now rests in the hands of employers and state governments.
The president then noted that he’d employ his “voice” as commander-in-chief to push for forced vaccination. Needless to say, the Supreme Court’s ruling is a huge blow to the Biden administration.
Let’s also not forget that when Republicans first started bringing legal challenges against Biden’s mandates, the president said, “have at it.” Thursday shows that Republicans not only, “had at it,” but they also got the mandate smacked down by the highest court in the land.
Let us know in the comments area what you think about the Supreme Court stopping Biden’s OSHA COVID vaccine mandate.