Members Of Congress Will Not Be Subject To Draconian Biden Vaccine Mandate
The members of Congress, their staffs, and anybody else who works in Congress will allegedly be spared from the vaccination requirement, despite the fact that President Joe Biden is enforcing what amounts to a vaccine mandate on the American workforce via the use of a constitutionally dubious law.
Biden proposed a broad vaccine requirement on Thursday, requiring companies with more than 100 employees to demand immunization for their workers or to compel employees to submit to regular COVID-19 testing.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an Emergency Temporary Standard for the requirement, which will have an effect on an estimated 80 million Americans. The mandate is being published as an Emergency Temporary Standard by the Labor Department via the OSHA.
The following is how National Review described what this means:
In other words, the rule will be expedited to avoid the comment period that typically allows those who would be affected by a given order to weigh in. While OSHA has authority to set certain health and safety standards in the workplace, it would be stretching its authority to claim that it can be used as a means to facilitate broader public-health goals. Just this July, the Congressional Research Service updated a report on the emergency standard and noted that OSHA “has rarely used this authority in the past—not since the courts struck down its ETS on asbestos in 1983.”
Meanwhile, government employees and federal contractors, as well as health-care professionals who operate in institutions that receive Medicare or Medicaid money, will be subject to a mandatory vaccination requirement.
Specifically, according to the New York Times, Biden’s mandate “will apply to employees of the executive branch, including the White House and all federal agencies and members of the armed services — a work force that numbers more than four million — but not to those who work for Congress or the federal court system, according to White House officials.”
Workers outside of the executive branch are free from the requirement since President Biden is putting it into effect via an executive order.
Biden “cannot impose a vaccine mandate on Congress via executive order or in an agency or department regulation,” according to Verify, which cited the Congressional Institute.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that the House would not pass legislation mandating vaccinations.
“”We cannot require someone to be vaccinated. That’s just not what we can do. It is a matter of privacy to know who is or who isn’t. I can’t go to the Capitol Physician and say, ‘Give me the names of people who aren’t vaccinated, so I can go encourage them or make it known to others to encourage them to be vaccinated.’ So we can’t — we can’t do that,” Pelosi made the statement in April.
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