The White House said Sunday it is confident that courts will eventually approve President Joe Biden’s mandate that US businesses with 100 or more workers insist on having their employees either vaccinated against the coronavirus or require vaccinations. Trial is often carried out despite a preliminary court decision to withhold.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klein said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” show, “I am confident that when this is fully decided, not just a provisional order, the validity of this requirement is upheld.” Will go.”
Klein attributes the Biden vaccination order, which affects 84 million private sector workers and is set to take effect on January 4, as “common sense” to help end the pandemic in the United States .
He added that if the government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “can tell people to wear hard hats at work, be careful with chemicals, then it will … implement these simple measures to keep our employees safe.” Can do.”
The US Supreme Court last month approved a vaccination mandate covering health care workers in the northeastern state of Maine, but has yet to consider a broader national mandate such as a Biden order affecting private businesses or His order required 4 million federal employees and contractors to work for federal. The government will get the vaccination done by November 22.
Several Republican state governors opposing the Democratic president’s national mandate, along with some public servant unions and individual activists, have filed lawsuits in an attempt to block Biden’s orders, all claiming they were an overreach of his authority. Huh.
In filing a lawsuit against the Biden order affecting workers in private businesses, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called the vaccine mandate “a breathtaking abuse of federal power” that is “flatly unconstitutional.” He argued that the mandate goes beyond OSHA’s “limited power and specific responsibilities.”
On Saturday, the conservative-dominated 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears cases in the surrounding southern states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, temporarily blocked the Biden mandate for private businesses, saying That there were “serious statutory and constitutional” issues. Rule. It ordered lawyers for the Biden administration to voice their opposition to the permanent injunction by late Monday, pending further court action. It is not clear whether the appeals court’s decision applies outside those states.
White House aide Cedric Richmond defended the use of OSHA authorization to mandate vaccinations, telling the “Fox News Sunday” show, “OSHA’s job is to protect workers. If it means doing something hard, then That’s what this president does.”
“We think we’re on solid ground,” Richmond said.
It appears that hundreds of thousands of federal employees have been vaccinated ahead of the deadline in two weeks, but opposition to the shots has surfaced among some agencies, particularly those concerned with law enforcement and intelligence. Other lawsuits filed by labor unions and individuals opposing Biden’s mandate have yet to be decided. There is no test option available for government employees as there would be for private sector workers.
The number of new coronavirus cases in the US has been decreasing for several weeks, but despite this, about 70,000 additional cases are being reported every day.
Out of a population of 333 million in the US, more than 193 million people have been fully vaccinated. But millions of adults refused vaccinations for various reasons, curtailing Biden’s effort to fully control the pandemic.
More than 750,000 people in the US have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, more than any other country, according to the government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.