Last year, President Joe Biden dropped a bomb on the private business sector, announcing that as part of his administration’s efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, businesses with over 100 employees would be subject to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, to be enforced through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
While the mandate has hit a number of temporary legal roadblocks along the way, a group of over 170 Republican lawmakers just bolstered the case against the mandate by filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in which they argued that Biden lacks the constitutional authority to impose such a wide-reaching mandate, Breitbart reports.
The OSHA vaccine mandate is expected to impact a staggering 84 million American citizens who work for businesses that fall within the criteria of the mandate’s guidelines.
The overwhelming GOP opposition to the mandate comes as the Supreme Court is expected to make rulings on a number of pandemic-related mandates in the coming days and weeks, including the OSHA mandate, which is set to be heard on Jan. 7.
Checks and balances
Critics of Biden’s vaccine mandates, of which there are currently five at the federal level, argue that the constitution doesn’t allow the president to wield the appropriate amount of power required to make such a decision — a point made clear in the lawmakers’ brief.
“Congressional members have an interest in the powers they delegate to agencies not being abused—the legislative authority vested in the federal government belongs to Congress, not the Executive branch,” the lawmakers wrote, according to Breitbart.
They added: “In this case, the promulgation by [OSHA] of a sweeping, nationwide vaccine mandate on businesses intrudes into an area of legislative concern far beyond the authority of the agency.”
As Breitbart noted, the efforts to help permanently shoot down Biden’s private sector mandate were led by Reps. Rick W. Allen (R-GA), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Jim Banks (R-IN), and Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN).
Stefanik steps up
Rep. Stefanik echoed the sentiment of presumably millions of Americans as far as Biden’s OSHA vax mandate, calling such an idea “unconstitutional” and arguing why it needs to be shut down immediately.
“This mandate hurts our nation’s workers, employers, and small businesses and will now rightfully be challenged in the highest court in the land,” the New York Republican wrote.
She added: “I am proud to lead my colleagues in standing up for the rule of law against the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate on private workplaces.”
In addition to the large group of lawmakers jumping into the fray, some 27 states, and countless business organizations have also mounted efforts to quash Biden’s gross government overreach. Hopefully, within a week or so, the country will have a conclusion to the ordeal one way or another.