Sunday, September 26, 2021

Major consumer lobby seeks answers on Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

A trade group that represents the US packaged goods industry said businesses have a number of important questions and need immediate answers following the COVID-19 vaccine mandate announced by President Joe Biden.

The Consumer Brands Association, whose members include companies such as Coca-Cola, General Mills and Kellogg’s, issued a letter to the Biden administration asking for immediate details about the president’s plan to implement weekly testing with 100 or more employees. companies will be required. Or require employers to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.

Since Biden’s announcement on September 9, few details about the mandate have been released by the White House. Biden’s speech to the American public did not contain much information about how it would be implemented or a timetable.

“Federal agencies must move quickly, anticipate challenges, respond to questions promptly, and partner with the private sector if we are to realize successful implementation of the Administration’s COVID-19 Action Plan and Immunization.” Our shared goal of increasing rates is to achieve our shared goal,” wrote Geoff Freeman, CEO and President of Consumer Brands, in the letter.

“Strong continued collaboration between the private and public sector on implementation will accelerate progress on our shared goal,” Freeman continued. Consumer brands represent approximately 1,700 companies in the United States, which employ millions of workers.

The group, he said, does not oppose the vaccine or the vaccine mandate, but needs more information on how it will be implemented.

Freeman included a list of 19 questions the White House needs to answer, including booster shots, contracts between companies and unions, and the status of unvaccinated workers whose COVID-19 test results are pending. . COVID-19 is a disease caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus.

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According to White House estimates, Biden’s mandate will impact about 80 million private sector employees. Several executive orders mandated by the president mandate COVID-19 vaccines for most healthcare workers, federal employees and federal contractors. According to reports, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can impose hefty fines of thousands of dollars for every violation.

Biden’s speech and plan have been described by many as authoritarian and illegal, with some GOP governors promising to sue the administration if executive orders are issued targeting private businesses.

Alan Dershowitz, a constitutional law scholar and professor emeritus at Harvard, said the vaccine mandate penalty would be abolished by the courts once the lawsuit is filed. Courts can say that the federal government has the authority to issue vaccine mandates, with exceptions, he said, adding that mandates are usually within the purview of Congress.

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“I think the courts will focus on that issue first and say that the president cannot have the authority to do this without the authorization of Congress,” Dershowitz said in a Newsmax interview last weekend.

The Epoch Times has contacted the White House press office for comment.

Jack Phillips

senior reporter

Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times in New York City.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Major consumer lobby seeks answers on Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate
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