(LifeSiteNews) — The Biden administration on Monday told businesses they should move forward with requiring workers to get inoculated against COVID-19 despite the fact that the federal government’s jab mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees has been temporarily halted by a federal court which cited “grave statutory and constitutional issues” with the rule.
On Monday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said “people should not wait” for the courts to rule on the constitutionality of the mandate.
Jean-Pierre, who has been filling in for press secretary Jen Psaki she had tested positive for the coronavirus despite being “fully vaccinated,” added that businesses “should continue to move forward and make sure they’re getting their workplace vaccinated.”
The White House told private businesses to continue implementing Joe Biden’s vaccine and testing rule on Monday after a federal appeals court ordered a stay over the weekend. https://t.co/6lMMyRANXn
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) November 9, 2021
“Do not wait to take actions that will keep your workplace safe. It is important and critical to do, and waiting to get more people vaccinated will lead to more outbreaks and sickness,” Jean-Pierre said.
The comments came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit moved Saturday to temporarily stay the Biden administration’s sweeping mandate, which was enacted through an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) via the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the U.S. Department of Labor.
If implemented, the mandate would force employers to require their workers to show proof of “full vaccination” or participate in frequent testing and wear a mask while indoors on the job.
Issued in response to a request for a stay submitted by Texas, Utah, Mississippi, and South Carolina, as well as a group of businesses and religious groups that argued they would be negatively affected by the mandate, the court’s Saturday ruling temporarily stalled the controversial requirement, which is intended to take effect January 4, 2022.
— KUTV2news (@KUTV2News) November 6, 2021
Though the Fifth Circuit was the first court to rule on the case just two days after the Biden administration released its 490-page document outlining the mandate, more than half of U.S. states have also filed suit against the government along with a bevy of private companies.
On Thursday, conservative media outfit The Daily Wire was one of the first major companies to sue the federal government for its OSHA mandate, calling the rule a “grotesque abuse of power.”
In response to the Fifth Circuit Court’s order that the federal government reply to its ruling by 5 p.m. Monday, officials in the Biden administration responded by asking the court to lift the stay and arguing that a continued pause of the rule could cost lives.
In its 28-page response, the government argued that “[n]o reason exists to rule on petitioners’ stay motions immediately,” and “a stay would likely cost dozens or even hundreds of lives per day.”
However, the Biden administration’s own rule issued allegedly in response to the “emergency” posed by the spread of COVID-19 comes nearly two months after it was announced by President Joe Biden, and even if upheld by the courts will not take effect until January.
The Monday response to the court also failed to note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has admitted that the shots do not stop transmission of the virus. Meanwhile, a growing body of data indicates that the strategy of mandating experimental COVID-19 drugs to defeat the coronavirus has failed, undercutting the rationale for continuing mandates.
It's official: Joe Biden has announced that his Administration will be forcing COVID vaccinations on nearly 1/3rd of American citizens, blatantly disregarding the personal objections of millions of people and moving America ever closer towards a medical dictatorship.
We cannot stand for this unprecedented overreach, and we will not submit to Biden's tyrannical public coercion efforts.
Please SIGN this urgent petition informing the President that you will NOT comply with these unconstitutional vaccine mandate orders issued by the Biden Administration, and that elected officials should act in their capacity to block these intrusive demands.
On Thursday, September 9th, Joe Biden announced the latest round of federal orders meant to further coerce large swaths of the public into getting the COVID vaccine -- many against their will.
While the legal standing of these measures is, at best, dubious, the Biden Administration appears more ready than ever to gut our individual rights and practically erase medical autonomy in our country.
This latest escalation in overreach was announced via a televised speech in which Biden outlined a new "six-point plan" that includes far more than just six avenues to achieve mass medical compliance.
Among the most egregious new federal mandates are the following:
- A requirement that all private businesses employing more than 100 people mandate their workers get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing (to be implemented by way of a new Department of Labor rule)
- A requirement that all federal employees and federal contractors get the COVID vaccine
- A requirement that all healthcare workers in facilities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and/or Medicaid (an estimated 17 million) get the Covid-19 vaccine without an alternative testing option
- A requirement that all Head Start teachers get the COVID vaccine
- A federal effort to lobby states to implement vaccine mandates for all school employees, and require regular testing of all students and school staff
- A federal effort to lobby entertainment venues to require proof of vaccination or testing in order to grant entry to the public
- A continuation of mask mandates on all federal properties and during interstate travel (i.e. planes, trains, buses)
All in all, these new vaccine mandates, which will go into effect within the coming weeks, will affect an estimated 100 million American workers -- 2/3rds of the entire workforce!
And, according to an administration official, violations of these unconstitutional requirements could result in fines of up to $14,000.
While this is clearly a political ploy on the part of the Joe Biden and his team of power-hungry Washington insiders to shift the focus from their disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the American public knows better: After nearly a year and a half's worth of arbitrary, ever-changing, and unconstitutional government mandates in response to the COVID outbreak, it was always a given that the Biden Administration would ramp things up even further when it behooved them.
And now, it would seem that time has officially come.
"This is not about freedom or personal choice," Biden uttered in his remarks, confirming his administration's blatant dismissal of all Americans' right(s) to accept or decline the experimental Covid-19 vaccine.
This is a stunning reversal from Biden's declaration last December that "I don’t think [the vaccine] should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory."
In fact, Biden even confirmed his intention to flout states' rights in the process, warning that "If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way."
These are not the words of an "empathetic" leader; these are the words of an aspiring dictator. And, for the time being, the only way to stop Joe Biden's tyranny is through mass noncompliance.
As we've said from the beginning, science, basic logic, and common sense should dictate policy regarding COVID and the Delta variant.
But Joe Biden and the federal government have long abandoned those principles throughout this crisis, culminating into this disturbing yet inevitable flurry of intrusive vaccine mandates that use people's jobs, individual autonomy, and livelihood as leverage.
This assault on our individual rights, private businesses, and American workers cannot be tolerated, and the easiest way to combat these unlawful orders is to just say NO.
Please SIGN and SHARE this most important petition letting Joe Biden know that you will NOT comply with the unconstitutional medical demands being made by this administration, and that action should be taken to block any intrusive action against working Americans and private employers.
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While the federal government considers 194 million Americans (58% of those eligible) to be “fully vaccinated,” ABC News reported last month that more Americans died of COVID-19 this year (353,000) than in all of 2020 (352,000), according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Further, it remains unclear how many jabs Americans will need in future to keep their jobs if the mandate were to be implemented. As the effectiveness of the COVID-19 drugs on the market has plummeted, the CDC has already signaled it may change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include at least one booster shot.
It is also unclear how the federal court will respond to the government’s request for a lifting of the stay, and whether the case will be heard in another court.
David Vladeck, a law professor at Georgetown University, told CNBC it’s very likely the case will go all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“There are justices on the court who want to rein in the administrative state and this is a case in which those concerns are likely to come to the fore,” Vladeck said.
Whether or not the matter goes to the Supreme Court, the divisive mandate has been met with stiff opposition from states and businesses and appears likely to undergo serious judicial challenges.
“The federal government can’t just unilaterally impose medical policy under the guise of workplace regulation, and that is exactly what they’re trying to do here,” said Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis in a Thursday press conference in which he announced his state would join with Georgia and Alabama to sue the Biden administration.
DeSantis has also moved to ensure the permanent protection of Floridians’ jobs and freedoms by holding a special legislative session set to commence November 15.
“This is truly a prohibition on vaccine mandates being implemented by businesses.”@GovRonDeSantis will call a special session of the #Florida legislature to vote on banning the Biden administration’s private company #VaccineMandates. https://t.co/rbctNjYTj3
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) November 8, 2021
In the special session, the GOP-dominated legislature is set to consider a raft of legislative proposals to prohibit employer jab mandates, defend the rights of parents to decide whether or not their children should wear masks at school, and ban schools in the Sunshine State from mandating COVID-19 shots or quarantines.
Further, a proposal supported by House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) and Senate President Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby) would see Florida pull out of OSHA entirely, replacing the federal safety administration with one operated by the state.
“If OSHA, the Department of Labor and OSHA, is going to be weaponized as a way to hold hostage businesses throughout the state of Florida, no problem. We want a different plan,” Sprowls said. “We want out of OSHA. We’ll submit our own regulatory authority and say goodbye to the federal government.”
If upheld by the courts, the OSHA rule would impact some 84 million Americans and slam noncompliant businesses with fines of $13,653 per violation or, for repeated noncompliance, up to $136,532 per offense. The U.S. Department of Labor has also suggested it may consider expanding the requirement to include businesses with fewer than 100 employees, potentially impacting nearly every adult American.