SCOTUS petitioned to block Biden vaccine mandate

The nation’s highest court is set to weigh in on the continuing debate over federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

According to reports, the U.S. Supreme Court was petitioned to block President Joe Biden’s sweeping private-sector mandate after the order was revived last week on appeal.

Petitioners join forces against Biden mandate

A total of 27 Republican states have joined with businesses and religious organizations in pursuing the case before the Supreme Court.

Those behind the challenge filed their motion to block Biden’s mandate after the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court unblocked it on Friday.

In addition to more than half the states in the country, the trucking and retail industries are among the petitioners in this case.

As for Biden’s mandate, it would force employers with more than 100 workers to require vaccinations or regular COVID-19 testing. Enforcement of these measures is set to begin next month.

Ohio Attorney General David Yost called the mandate “unprecedented,” arguing that it illegally regulates the private medical decisions of millions of American workers.

“Dangers presented by the mere fact of existence”

Yost denounced the mandate as “nothing more than a pretext for increasing the number of vaccinated Americans,” adding that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not have the authority to address “dangers presented by the mere fact of existence.”

Arguing that such a precedent would surrender liberty to the federal government, the attorney general wrote: “We can have a Constitution or we can have a congressionally unauthorized vaccine mandate. We cannot have both.”

The Supreme Court has already upheld mandates in New York and Maine, though justices have not yet ruled on the Biden administration’s federal orders. Thus far in lower courts, the mandates have faced a mixed response, leaving many unvaccinated Americans worried about losing their jobs.

It seems clear that the Biden administration is determined to continue blaming the unvaccinated for a continued pandemic, though it is worth noting that states like New York have experienced widespread infections despite being among the most vaccinated in the country.

Conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh oversees emergency appeals in the Sixth Circuit and has asked the Biden administration to respond to the petition by Dec. 30. For their part, petitioners are asking the high court to fast-track its consideration of the case.

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