State officials, businesses take Biden’s vaccine mandate to Supreme Court

Fox Business reported late last week that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals had reinstated President Joe Biden’s mandate requiring American businesses with over 100 employees to ensure their employees are vaccinated for COVID-19.

In response, a number of businesses and Republican state officials have announced that they’ll be going straight to the Supreme Court for relief. 

The “limits on federal executive power”

At issue is the constitutionality of an executive order the president first announced in September requiring the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to enforce vaccine requirements.

According to The Epoch Times, Phillips Manufacturing & Tower Company, Sixarp LLC, and Oberg Industries LLC filed an application for injunctive relief on Friday seeking to have the order stayed while it is being litigated.

“There is no dispute among the parties about the common desire to end the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the plaintiffs asserted, according to the Times.

“The arguments advanced by the Executive Branch admit to no cognizable limits on federal executive power,” their application goes on to contend.

“Frustrated with a minority of Americans’ medical choices, the Executive Branch has attempted to control and surveil the vaccination schedules of enormous swaths of the country’s population,” the application adds.

Fighting “this breathtaking overreach”

The companies are being joined in their appeal to the Supreme Court by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a fact the Republican addressed in a recent tweet.

“Overnight, we asked the U.S. Supreme Court to immediately halt the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate on private employers,” Schmitt tweeted on Friday.

“This case was always destined to go to the nation’s highest court, and we will continue to fight to stop this breathtaking overreach,” the Missouri AG added.

The Epoch Times notes that under Biden’s OSHA mandate, businesses face up to $13,600 in fines per violation and another $13,600 for each day that the violation is not addressed. Violations that are considered to be willful or serious can result in a fine of up to 10 times that amount.

OSHA reportedly put out a statement over the weekend pledging not to issue fines in connection with the mandate before Jan. 10.

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