Supreme Court blocks COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate for workplaces but lets medical rule stand

Supreme Court blocks Biden COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate for large employers

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1/13/2022 10:48:00 PM

Supreme Court blocks Biden COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate for large employers

The high court's three liberal justices dissented. A second ruling allowed to stand a mandate covering facilities paid by Medicare and Medicaid.

, which came days after the justices heard arguments in the emergency appeal, marked the second time the nation's highest court had unwound a key pandemic policy of the Biden administration, once again concluding that federal officials had exceeded the power given to them by Congress. The

court in August blocked Biden's eviction moratorium, ruling that it, too, amounted to government overreach."Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly," the court wrote."Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category."

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BTW this headline SUCKS. Do you think anything COVID related is funny? Abusing Judith Viorst’s charming book to downplay the horrific consequences of SCOTUS’ vile decision, is why we are turning against the media. Loathsome fckrs. The Supreme Court operated remotely for well over a year but today six of them ruled it was not an occupational hazard. In addition to being illegitimate they are also hypocrites.

About time. It took too long! We don't have a Court, we have an unelected cabal of Republicans in robes who don't believe in democracy or the Constitution; these fanatical right wing evangelicals want America to be a theocracy where every citizen is ruled by Christianity despite their religion or lack thereof

The Supreme Court has upheld freedom today🥳 Way to go SCOTUS! Now gop will take Congress back this year and stack the courts and abolish the filibuster so we can pass all of it. And will point to democrats for wanting it. Heheh

Gorsuch Goes Maskless at Supreme Court, Increasing Colleagues' COVID Risk LevelsJustice Neil Gorsuch has refused to wear a mask during in-person hearings at the Supreme Court since last Friday. May the omicron god smile upon him. He doesn't make very good judgements about his own health. I'm sure he is fair and unbiased about women's health, though. Ironic? By going maskless Gors.. unmasks himself.

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businessesThe Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job. At the same time, the court is allowing the administration to proceed with a vaccine mandate for most health care workers in the U.S. The court's conservative majority concluded the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's vaccine-or-test rule on U.S. businesses with at least 100 employees. A light in dark of Biden's government and vaccine mandate. This is ridiculous Do like Quebec tax the shit out of th Unvaxed.. I mean I dont know about anyone else. But I would prefer not to work next to a germ infested human..

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses | AP NewsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job. 👀👀👀👀 Ayyyy score one for common sense! 🦅 Yeah sure but A24 has 'X' coming out!! Goddam!

Supreme Court Halts COVID-19 Vaccine Rule for BusinessesThe Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job. ReaganGomez Good. It was executive overeach and a stupid strategy to boot.

Court upholds North Carolina redistricting plan, but appeal to state Supreme Court is nextA state court in North Carolina refused on Tuesday to disturb the state legislative and US congressional redistricting plan drawn after the 2020 census, in a case that is expected to be decided by the North Carolina Supreme Court. I’m gonna vote to allow people to blow loads in public Where they will lose. Call them... Call them over and over and over again and let them know how pissed off you are about their ridiculous stance on the filibuster. Manchin DC : 202-224-3954 Sinema DC: 202-224-4521 Kelly DC: 202-224-2235

Federal judge pauses federal redistricting lawsuit to await decision from Ohio Supreme CourtU.S. District Judge John Adams agreed with state officials who argued for the pause, saying the Ohio Supreme Court could end up striking down both sets of maps, making the federal lawsuit moot. Hopefully 🙏🏼 the same result here in my “Pennsyltucky” … where GOP is notorius for shameless gerrymandering. Lie, cheat, steal, legislate… it’s all the same game to them, nothing personal… except everything about our demicracy & rights. VoteBlue PA JohnFetterman NTropyS Just a pause.

The unsigned opinion , which came days after the justices heard arguments in the emergency appeal, marked the second time the nation's highest court had unwound a key pandemic policy of the Biden administration, once again concluding that federal officials had exceeded the power given to them by Congress. The court in August blocked Biden's eviction moratorium , ruling that it, too, amounted to government overreach. "Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly," the court wrote."Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category." The decision drew a dissent from the court's three liberal justices. "In our view, the court’s order seriously misapplies the applicable legal standards," Associate Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in an opinion joined by Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. "And in so doing, it stymies the federal government’s ability to counter the unparalleled threat that COVID–19 poses to our nation’s workers." The court in a second unsigned opinion  permitted another vaccine mandate on people employed at health care facilities that receive federal funding through Medicare and Medicaid. That measure, which takes effect this month, is estimated to affect 10 million workers. "The challenges posed by a global pandemic do not allow a federal agency to exercise power that Congress has not conferred upon it," the court wrote in the separate opinion."At the same time, such unprecedented circumstances provide no grounds for limiting the exercise of authorities the agency has long been recognized to have." And the government, the court ruled, appeared to have that authority.  Four of the court's conservative justices dissented. "These cases are not about the efficacy or importance of COVID-19 vaccines," Associate Justice Clarence Thomas wrote."They are only about whether (the administration) has the statutory authority to force healthcare workers, by coercing their employers, to undergo a medical procedure they do not want and cannot undo." Thomas was joined by Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett. Biden announced policies in November that cover employers with more than 100 workers, health sites and federal contractors. Large employers were required to stand up vaccine or weekly testing programs or face penalties of nearly $14,000 per violation. Preview: