More than 170 Republican lawmakers have argued to the Supreme Court that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not have the authority to impose a vaccine mandate on private employers.
“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 members contended. “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.”
The lawmakers filed a brief to the court in the case being heard January 7 about whether OSHA was overstepping with the mandate.
Reps. Rick W. Allen (R-GA), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Jim Banks (R-IN), and Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) led the group of lawmakers.
“This mandate hurts our nation’s workers, employers, and small businesses and will now rightfully be challenged in the highest court in the land,” Stefanik said.
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