(UnitedVoice.com) – On January 7, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two emergency cases against President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates. Less than a week later, on January 13, the justices issued rulings.
In the case of the National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, the high court struck down Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate on businesses with more than 100 employees. The administration wanted to expand OSHA’s power to enforce the mandate using a workplace safety loophole. The justices shot the argument down, determining it was beyond the agency’s scope of power. In the opinion, the six conservative justices wrote that “requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans” just because they work for a company with more than 100 employees is not a power given to OSHA by Congress. The court’s three liberal justices dissented.
The ruling was a major blow to the Biden administration.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court BLOCKS the federal government's COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large workplaces. The court ALLOWS a vaccine mandate for workers at federally funded health care facilities to take effect nationwide.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) January 13, 2022
In the case of Biden v. Missouri, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold the mandate requiring healthcare workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The justices said the mandate is covered by the authority Congress has given Health and Human Services. The ruling claimed that healthcare workers taking steps to prevent transmitting a deadly virus to patients is a “fundamental principle of the medical profession: first, do no harm.”
Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the Liberals on the court.
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