Apparently, there are at least five states with GOP candidates at the helm who are now announcing lawsuits against President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for large employers. These lawsuits have largely been supported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as of last Thursday.
This is because OSHA released new rules the other day that requires companies that have more than 100 employees to have their workers either vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID by January 4th of 2022. Businesses that fail to comply could be subject to $13,653 per violation.
Biden is now requiring that unvaccinated employees also be forced to wear masks when they are on the job. The president said that there will be at least 100 million individuals that will be affected by the new requirements.
As a response, the states of Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Florida, and Arizona have announced their respective plans to sue President Biden in order to halt the mandate. These states are suing in order to challenge the new OSHA regulations because they believe that Biden’s team is overreaching and does not have the authority to insist on COVID vaccinations for private-sector employees.
“When faceless government bureaucrats dictate what you must inject into your body, that’s the furthest thing in the world from a safe workplace,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in his news release on the matter. “The government doesn’t get to be your nanny, and it’s certainly not your doctor.”
“This is not consistent with a government of limited and enumerated powers,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at his press conference that announced his state’s lawsuit. “There is no general police power, there is no power to mandate this on the American people from the federal government.”
“Individuals should make informed choices about their own health care,” he added. “They shouldn’t be coerced into getting the jab.”
“This is an overreach of the government’s role in serving and protecting Hoosiers,” Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said in his statement on the issue. “While I agree that the vaccine is the tool that will best protect against COVID-19, this federal government approach is unprecedented and will bring about harmful, unintended consequences in the supply chain and the workforce.”
“Biden’s plan pits Americans against Americans, while forcing them to choose between making a living or standing up for their personal beliefs. Biden’s actions will only worsen the existing workforce shortages and supply chain issues that hinder our economic recovery,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said in her statement announcing the Hawkeye state’s lawsuit.
And Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said: “The federal government does not have the authority to unilaterally force private employers to mandate their employees get vaccinated or foot the bill for weekly testing. I’ve been in discussions with businesses in Missouri, including a trailer manufacturing company in mid-Missouri, who say that this vaccine mandate will crush their business.”
If you think that it is likely that these will be the only states that will follow suit and take the Biden team to court, then think again. Indeed, a total of TWO DOZEN states had previously threatened to sue OSHA’s vaccine mandate, with the main claim being that these states feel that these vaccine mandates would exacerbate worker shortages in all kinds of industries. In a nutshell, many businesses might wind up having to fire good employees who, for whatever reason, do not want to get the vaccine.
Indeed, there are plenty of businesses and religious groups that might follow suit if they happen to fall under the Biden Administration’s mandate. These vaccine mandates could wind up being buried in the courts for years on end.
These legal challenges could ultimately delay the enforcement of these new OSHA rules so much that the legal back-and-forth power struggle in the courts could wind up before the highest court in the land.
So far, the courts are still upholding the vaccine mandates that have been issued by the states. President Biden has noted that he is prepared to defend the OSHA mandate by characterizing it as “well within” the “broad authority” of the administration under federal law, Fox Business reported.
“The administration clearly has the authority to protect workers and actions announced by the president are designed to save lives and stop the spread of COVID,” White House deputy press secretary Karine Jeane-Pierre said on Thursday.
She called the vaccine mandates a “policy tool” that has been “proven to work” because it will convince vaccine-hesitant Americans to get the jab. Oh brother.