The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has temporarily suspended President Biden’s vaccine mandate from going into effect.
Background: Recently, President Biden announced his workers’ vaccine mandate would go into effect Jan. 4th, 2022. The mandate would require businesses with more than 100 workers to either get the vaccine or be subjected to weekly Covid-19 testing. Businesses found intentionally not complying with the rule would be subjected to hefty fines.
The move prompted lawsuits from multiple state Attorneys General and organizations.
On Nov. 6th, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay on the rule citing “grave statutory and constitutional issues.”
What Happened: On Wednesday, OSHA officially suspended the implementation and enforcement of the vaccine requirement, upholding the stay issued by the Fifth Circuit.
“On November 12, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, published on November 5, 2021 (86 Fed. Reg. 61402) (“ETS”). The court ordered that OSHA ‘take no steps to implement or enforce’ the ETS ‘until further court order,'” the OSHA website states. “While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigation.” (per Townhall)
What Biden Says: The White House has maintained that the mandate is constitutional and has urged employers to ignore the court’s ruling.
What Republicans Say: Republicans have harshly pushed back on Biden’s vaccine mandate calling it a gross attempt to deny freedoms.