President Joe Biden had announced a vaccine mandate for all companies with over 100 employees. Despite pushing it through Occupational Safety and Health Administration, he likely won’t get it — but that hasn’t stopped him from demanding compliance anyway.
The White House is urging businesses to comply with the OSHA vaccine mandate even though it’s been suspended as of Nov. 6., the Daily Caller reported. Businesses were initially told they needed to comply by a Jan. 4 deadline.
A challenge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ended with the court putting the brakes on the mandate on Nov. 6. Less than a week later, OSHA abandoned the emergency temporary standard after the court said it should “take no steps to implement or enforce” the mandate “until further court order.”
Though OSHA used an emergency and “remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies,” the original deadline to comply was months after the order was given. Though that fact alone should negate the rule, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a news briefing Thursday that the administration was undeterred.
“Let me be very clear: Our message to businesses right now is to move forward with measures that will make their workplaces safer and protect them – their workforces – from COVID-19,” Psaki said. “That was our message after the first day issued by the Fifth Circuit. That remains our message and nothing has changed,” she said.
“They’re essentially implementing components or versions of these vaccine requirements because they know it’s in the interests of their workforces – to protect their workforces, to make sure they can bring more people back to the workforce,” Psaki went onto say. “And we certainly see that as a positive sign. So, we are still heading towards the same timeline.”
Forcing a medical procedure on workers is controversial and likely won’t withstand legal challenges. However, Psaki said the Department of Justice is committed to “vigorously defending the emergency temporary standard in court, and we are confident in OSHA’s authority.”
The administration is determined to get this shot in as many arms as they can and will stop at nothing to do so. The battle for medical freedom will be waged in the courts, and this is just the first of many.