Biden administration asks appeals court to reinstate vaccine mandate

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The Biden administration told a federal appeals court in Cincinnati on Tuesday to lift a block on a national mandate for companies to have employees tested weekly for vaccination against COVID-19.

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why it matters: of government 52-page speed More than a week after a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans issued a stay on the rule, writing that it is “more than gross [the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s] Statutory authority” to regulate hazards within the workplace.

  • lawsuits brought by employers and Republican-controlled states, have since Have been taken In the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for Consolidation.

What are they saying: The Biden administration defended the measure in its motion on Tuesday, writing that it would “save thousands of lives and prevent hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations.”

“The Fifth Circuit stay must be lifted immediately. The court’s main argument was that OSHA allegedly lacked the statutory authority to address the grave threat of COVID-19 in the workplace. There is no statutory text to that argument. The basis is not. Congress accuses OSHA of addressing the serious. Without carve for hazards, viruses or hazards in the workplace that also exist outside of the workplace.”

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– Department of Justice in filing to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

description: Under the rule, companies with 100 or more workers must mandate vaccination or routine testing, with fines for violations of the measure starting at an estimated $13,653 per violation.

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