(RepublicanInformer.com)- On Thursday, Biden administration officials urged Supreme Court justices to rule in their favor and allow a mandate that employees of large private companies either receive a COVID-19 vaccine or take weekly tests to prove they aren’t infected.
In a court brief filed by the Department of Justice, federal officials said this mandate was necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus as the Omicron variant is causing huge spikes in new cases and hospitalizations.
That mandate was challenged by some large employers and interest groups from around the country who believe that the government is unlawfully exercising its power.
The question in this case is whether Congress gave the executive branch broad authority to impose wide-reaching regulations on private industry. The mandate says that all businesses that have at least 100 employees must comply.
Lawyers for the DOJ have argued the law that established OSHA — the Occupational Safety and Health Administration — back in 1970 plainly states the policy “falls squarely within OSHA’s statutory authority.”
If the Supreme Court allows the mandate to stand, it would go into effect in January. It is estimated that 84 million workers around the country would be subject to the mandate.
The mandate would require all large businesses to create written policies that would require their employees to either be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who didn’t want to be vaccinated — or couldn’t — would also be able to opt to test regularly and wear masks while they were at their workplace.
This mandate from the Biden administration is another way the White House is trying to impose vaccines on the millions of Americans who still don’t have them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that people who are unvaccinated are 14 times more likely to die as a result of being infected with COVID-19 than those people who are vaccinated.
There are more than 820,000 people in the United States who have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic first began back in March of 2020. And with the Omicron variant spreading like wildfire, the concern is that the numbers will only continue to rise considerably.
The concern is especially high as the country enters the winter months where more and more people spend time indoors. It also follows a huge spike in cases following the Thanksgiving holiday, and spikes that are expected to happen soon following Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s celebrations.
The plaintiffs who are challenging Biden’s mandate have asked the Supreme Court to block the policy while their challenge to it makes its way through lower levels of the court system. They alternatively have requested the justices to take up a formal appeal of a ruling handed down in federal appeals court that sustained the mandate preliminarily.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in this case on January 7. Ironically, that’s the same day that the high court will hear arguments in the case regarding the vaccine mandate the Biden administration has imposed on those who work at hospitals that receive funding from the federal government.