In a 6-3 ruling, the Conservative majority on the Supreme Court ruled that President Biden’s employer’s vaccination or testing mandate was unconstitutional.
The Conservative majority wrote: “While Congress has given OSHA undeniable authority to regulate occupational hazards, it has not given that agency the authority to regulate public health more broadly. Requiring vaccination of 84 million Americans who were selected solely because they work for employers with more than 100 employees certainly falls into the latter category.”
The three Liberals of the Court of Justice wrote in their dissent: “In our view, the Court’s decision violates the applicable legal norms. And in doing so, it hampers the federal government’s ability to address the unprecedented threat that COVID-19 poses to our nation’s workers,” they wrote in their dissent. The court is acting outside of its jurisdiction and without legal basis, superseding the judgments of government officials who have been given the responsibility to respond to workplace health emergencies.”
The Supreme Court majority has only limited how the government can respond to a health emergency
The decision of the majority was political, reckless and short-sighted. The court has obstructed how the government executive branch can respond to a public health emergency.
Americans die every day, but the court based its decision on OSHA’s regulatory reach. The decision is meaningless and legally unfounded.
The conservative majority has been throwing tantrums for months because their approval rating has fallen and is now considered partisan.
The vaccination mandate ruling is evidence that the conservative majority is basing its decisions on ideology, not law.
The Biden administration should issue a new mandate from another government agency. Americans are dying and they cannot give up this fight because a conservative majority insists on playing partisan politics.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association