(RepublicanInformer.com)- Over the weekend, a three-judge panel on the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the Biden administration’s OSHA vaccine mandate for businesses with over 100 employees citing “grave statutory and constitutional issues.”
With the mandate on hold, the White House is asking businesses to move forward with mandating vaccine requirements for employees. During Monday’s press briefing, deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that the White House doesn’t think businesses should wait for the courts to make their final decision. Instead, she encouraged business owners to take action on their own to “keep your workplace safe.”
It should be noted that this position is not violating the court’s ruling. The administration is not pushing forward with the OSHA mandate. Instead, it is simply asking private businesses to voluntarily impose vaccine restrictions on employees without a federal mandate.
But if the White House believes that encouraging businesses will accomplish the same thing, what’s the point of mandating businesses do so under the threat of fines?
Despite the court’s slap-down of this unconstitutional move, the White House remains confident it will ultimately prevail in the courts. Though, that confidence may be wishful thinking.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, White House chief of staff Ron Klain said the courts would uphold the OSHA mandate.
Jean-Pierre echoed that sentiment on Monday, telling reporters that the Biden administration “clearly has the authority to protect workers.”
Who are you more likely to believe? Biden’s flack or the court?
Jean-Pierre also said that the Department of Justice would continue to defend the unconstitutional rule in court.
Saturday’s 5th Circuit Court decision is just one of many legal challenges to the OSHA rule, so this order could be tied up in court for quite some time, making it unlikely that the January 4 deadline set by OSHA will be met.
During his show on Tuesday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson discussed the White House’s move with veteran journalist Brit Hume.
Hume told Tucker that encouraging businesses to implement vaccination requirements doesn’t violate the court’s order. But the White House is committing political suicide pursuing the mandate at a time when the economy and the job market are so uncertain.
Watch the segment from Tucker’s show HERE.