President Biden’s team has told businesses with 100 or more workers to follow his covid vaccine mandate even though there is a temporary halt from a federal court.
“People shouldn’t wait,” White House Deputy Media Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said to reporters on Monday. “They should keep going forward and ensure they are getting their people vaccinated.”
This past Sept., President Joe Biden announced that the Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will mandate that private firms with over 100 workers implement vaccine requirements or weekly covid tests. The president waited almost two months before publishing the details of his plan, which would not have been in effect until January of next year. A company breaking the mandate would be fined $136,532.
Biden’s plan encountered a roadblock this Saturday when a U.S. Court in the Fifth Circuit gave a temporary stay preventing the mandate while working on a permanent injunction.
The decision from a three-judge panel this Saturday came from a stay sought by Utah, Texas, Mississippi, and South Carolina, along with several businesses that were against the Biden plan. The states and companies filed a review petition of the agency action, which goes right to a federal appeals court instead of a single-judge federal district trial court.
“Because these petitions give cause to think there are grave constitutional and statutory issues with the Mandate, the vaccine Mandate is hereby stayed until further action by this court,” the judges said.
The Biden White House asked the court to lift the temporary suspension this Monday, dismissing the businesses’ and states’ unconstitutional claims about it being “premature,” according CNBC, asserting that the suspension “would likely take dozens or maybe even hundreds of American lives each day.”
GOP attorneys general in 26 states have filed a lawsuit against the Biden White House in five different appeals courts. David Vladeck, a Georgetown law professor, told CNBC that these lawsuits have a “high probability” of going to the Supreme Court, which may or may not rule in Biden’s favor.
“There are supreme court justices who wish to rein in the executive administrative state and this is a case in which their concerns are likely to be the fore,” Vladeck said to CNBC.
Author: Scott Dowdy