President Biden’s vaccine mandate has suffered a final defeat as reports emerge that The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will officially withdraw the rule.
Background: In November 2020, President Biden announced that private businesses with 100 or more employees would be required to receive the Covid-19 vaccine or undergo regular testing.
The order immediately triggered legal challenges from several states and private companies.
On Jan. 13, the Supreme Court issued a temporary stay on the employer mandate but left the order for some healthcare workers in place.
What Happened: OSHA is planning to formally withdraw the rule on Wednesday.
“After evaluating the Court’s decision, OSHA is withdrawing the Vaccination and Testing ETS as an enforceable emergency temporary standard,” the agency wrote in the Register. (per The Daily Caller)
Context: President Biden has faced a series of defeats over the vaccine mandate.
Last week, Texas federal judge Jeffrey Brown paused Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors in the Lone Star state.
Judge Brown said Biden does not have the authority to implement such a wide-spanning policy without input from Congress.