Appeals court suspends Biden vaccine mandate for companies
An appeals court ruled on Saturday to temporarily stop President BidenJoe BidenHouse Passes Trillion Infrastructure Bill, Advances Social Spending Plan Virginia Democrats Admit Loss of State House Liberals, Moderate Strike Deal on Order of Biden day, paving the way for MORE votesthe coronavirus vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees, according to Reuters.
The decision came from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit after state attorneys general sued the Biden administration over its mandate that would require employers with 100 or more employees to require frequent vaccinations or tests.
The Biden administration said it would release the law through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in September. Companies that meet the criteria are required to have their employees fully vaccinated by January 4, or workers must test negative for the virus once a week.
The appeals court ruled that there were “serious statutory and constitutional problems” with the rule, depending on the wire service.
OSHA’s rule includes sending agents to inspect companies to determine if they are meeting the mandate. If a business is not in compliance, it could be fined $ 136,532.
At least 26 states have spoken out against the administration’s vaccination mandate, and several state coalitions have filed four challenges to the OSHA rule.
States have alleged that the Biden administration does not have the authority to issue the public health order and argued it will lead to staff shortages and an economic backlash.
“His illegal tenure will cause injury and hardship to working families, inflict economic disruption and staff shortages on states and private employers, and place even greater strains on labor markets and supply chains in Canada.” difficulty, ”said a coalition of attorneys general led by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt alleged.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (right) celebrated the legal victory on Twitter on Saturday, with Texas having Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah in its coalition to fight the warrant.
“Yesterday I sued the Biden administrator for his illegal vax OSHA tenure, ”Paxton tweeted.
“WE WON. As recently as this morning, citing” serious statutory and constitutional issues, “the 5th Circuit suspended the mandate. The fight is not over and I will never stop resisting the unconstitutional excess of this administrator! ”he added.
Yesterday I sued the Biden administrator for his illegal OSHA vax tenure.
WE WON. As recently as this morning, citing “serious statutory and constitutional issues”, the 5th Circuit suspended the mandate. The fight is not over and I will never stop resisting this administrator’s unconstitutional excess! https://t.co/Vbez0HL9t5
– Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) November 6, 2021
The White House referred The Hill to the Labor Department when asked to comment.
The Ministry of Labor was not immediately available for comment.
The Biden administration initially announced the rule after several major pressures from the federal government to convince the public to get the jab on their own. President Biden himself made several appeals to the Americans but initially did not issue a far-reaching mandate.
The rule was announced during a wave of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Updated at 3:25 p.m.