Supreme Court Brings Biden’s Vaccine Mandate to a Halt

Supreme Court Brings Biden's Vaccine Mandate to a Halt

( – Vaccine mandates aren’t anything new to the United States. For example, Massachusetts enacted smallpox mandates in the mid 19th century. However, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) recently ruled that President Joe Biden pushed a bit too hard when he announced a federal requirement for companies with 100 or more employees to fully vaccinate workers or provide weekly COVID-19 testing in November 2021.

On Thursday, January 13, SCOTUS handed down its long-awaited decision in the National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor. Plaintiffs argued that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exceeded its authority when it issued a set of rules for companies consistent with Biden’s order.

Calling OSHA’s rules a “significant encroachment into the lives… of employees,” the SCOTUS held that although Congress granted OSHA the power to establish safety standards in workplaces, it lacked the authority to issue “broad public health measures.”

As a result, the Supreme Court put a hold on Biden’s vaccinate-or-test mandate while the Sixth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals considers the current challenge to the measure.

In a separate ruling from Biden v. Missouri, the SCOTUS upheld the Biden administration’s nationwide rule requiring full vaccination for health care workers at facilities that receive federal funds from the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Two lower federal district courts in Louisiana and Missouri had put the mandate on hold for about half the states.

What do you think? Do you agree with the Supreme Court’s decision in those two cases?

Copyright 2022,