The Supreme Court is set to decide what limits will be placed on Biden’s vaccine mandates for businesses and health care workers.
“With the Biden administration citing a ‘grave danger’ to public health caused by unvaccinated Americans, the Supreme Court will hold a fast-tracked, high-stakes public session to decide whether the U.S. government can begin enforcing sweeping COVID-19 vaccine requirements affecting nearly 100 million workers,” reports Fox News.
“The justices will hear separate oral arguments over federal vaccine and testing rules for larger businesses and vaccine mandates for health care workers at facilities receiving Medicaid and Medicare funding. Enforcement of the policies – announced in November – has been put on holding pending resolution in the high court. Written rulings could come within a matter of days,” reports Fox News.
“It comes amid a recent surge in reported COVID-19 cases, which health officials say is caused in part by the emerging omicron variant,” Fox News reported.
“The justices put these cases on their calendar for a special argument. They’ve given every indication that they intend to decide the cases expeditiously. And of course, they’re deciding it against the backdrop of a health situation that seems to change by the hour,” said Thomas Dupree, a former Justice Department attorney and a constitutional law expert.
“There’s no question that the Supreme Court is going to engage the fundamental questions of constitutional law and federal law that are at the heart of this case, concerning how broad the executive branch’s authority is to order vaccine mandates and to direct employers, federal employees, and private citizens to take certain steps in response to the pandemic,” Dupree added.
The federal mandate cases for larger businesses are: National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, OSHA; and Ohio v. Department of Labor, OSHA.
The federal mandate cases for health care workers are: Biden v. Missouri; and Becerra v. Louisiana.
To read at length about the cases, click here.