During oral arguments on the private sector mandate, Chief Justice John Roberts said the federal government appears to be overreaching.
Update (1446ET): Aside from the utter lack of basic knowledge of Covid-19 exhibited by some of the USSC Justices (see below), the court seemed skeptical of the Biden administration’s claim that it has the authority to force vaccine mandates on over 84 million private-sector employees.
“OSHA’s sweeping regulatory dictate,” will “irreparably injure the very businesses that Americans have counted on to widely distribute COVID-19 vaccines and protective equipment to save lives—and to keep them fed, clothed, and sustained during this now two-year-long pandemic,” argued the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) vs. the Department of Labor, in the Court’s first hearing.
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The mandate will “convert hundreds of thousands of businesses into de facto public health agencies for two-thirds of America’s private employees,” the continued.
In the second case, Biden v. Missouri, the federal government is attempting to lift lower court stays that have blocked the enforcement of a Nov. 4, 2021 emergency regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Epoch Times reports.