Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Members of Congress, federal judges, employees exempt from vaccine mandates

On Thursday evening, President Joe Biden unveiled two executive orders that could make vaccinations for the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus mandatory for millions of working Americans in both the public and private sectors. But absent from these mandates are similar requirements for members of Congress, federal judges, or their employees.

Biden’s executive orders would require unilateral vaccinations for federal employees, the military and government contractors. The president also asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to mandate either vaccination or weekly CCP virus testing for firms with more than 100 employees. In total, these mandates could affect more than 100 million US workers, making it the most comprehensive vaccine mandate in world history.

Biden wrote, “It is my administration’s policy to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including B.1.617.2 (delta) version, by relying on the best available data and science-based public health. Measure.”

The order continued, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services has determined that the best course of action is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent infection by the delta variant or other variants. is the way. Get vaccinated.”

In the second section, Biden lays out this stringent policy, requiring all executive agencies to “implement, to the extent consistent with applicable law, a program that requires COVID-19 vaccination for all of its federal employees.” , only with exceptions required by law.” Such exemptions are few and strictly defined.

The order would cover civilian employees of executive offices such as the State Department and the Department of Defense, and would also require all military personnel to receive the vaccine. In all, without excuse, this order will affect millions of civilian and non-citizen federal employees.

The president went beyond that, however, creating a framework that would require private sector employers to have vaccines or weekly tests for their employees. To achieve this, Biden turned to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency that ensures that companies protect the safety of their employees.

OSHA’s “Emergency Temporary Standard” policy allows for some immediate action from the agency. According to OSHA’s website, under “certain limited conditions,” “OSHA is authorized to establish emergency temporary standards that are effective immediately and are in effect until replaced by a permanent standard.” To issue such a provisional order, OSHA must “determine that workers are at serious risk from toxic substances or other “physically harmful” agents.

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If OSHA complies with the president’s request, employees across the country from medium-sized to large firms — any firm with more than 100 employees — will be affected. These workers will be forced to choose between weekly testing and vaccinations in an effort to advance them in obtaining the new drug.

But executive orders do not include mandates for members of the federal staff in the legislative or judicial branches, which include members of Congress, their employees, as well as federal judges and other court employees.

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Earlier in the year, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was asked about the need to vaccinate members of Congress.

“Public health officials are encouraging the wearing of masks indoors,” Pelosi began.

She continued: “So here’s the thing – we may not need anyone to vaccinate. This is not what we can do.”

The vaccination status of any member of Congress, Pelosi said, “is a matter of privacy.” She noted that she “can’t go to the capital doctor and say ‘give me the names of people who haven’t been vaccinated’ so that I can encourage them or tell others to encourage them to get vaccinated.” I can.” “So we can’t do that,” Pelosi said.

While Democrats in Congress claim a 100 percent vaccination rate, some Republicans in both houses expressed hesitation. It is not clear what percentage of members have been vaccinated. Under this executive order, holdouts in Congress would not be forced to vaccinate.

Similarly, because federal courts are not subordinate to the executive branch, federal judges and their staff do not fall under Biden’s broad mandate.

Joseph Lord is a congressional reporter for The Epoch Times focusing on Democrats. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Clemson University and was a scholar on the Lyceum program.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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