The Biden administration is facing major pushback from Republican state officials as it plows forward with its plan to force experimental COVID injections on unwilling American workers through unconstitutional mandates.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Thursday finalized its rule requiring Americans who work at companies with over 100 employees to get fully vaccinated by Jan. 4 or test weekly. Joe Biden announced his draconian decree during a September 9 press conference that was widely derided as authoritarian and tyrannical on social media.
All 26 Republican state attorneys general vowed to fight the mandate, and most of them signed a letter to Biden to that effect.
The newly released rules mandate all unvaccinated workers to wear masks beginning Dec. 5 and provide a negative COVID test on a weekly basis after the January deadline.
Companies are not required to pay for or provide the tests, but may have to if required to by state or local laws or in labor union contracts, CNBC reported.
Anyone who tests positive is prohibited from going into work.
Companies also have until Dec. 5 to offer paid time for employees to get vaccinated and paid sick leave for them to recover from any side effects.
OSHA “compliance officers” will also be policing workplaces nationwide to compel compliance with the unconstitutional mandate.
OSHA, which polices workplace safety for the Labor Department, will provide sample implementation plans and fact sheets among other materials to help companies adopt the new rules.
OSHA will also conduct on-site workplace inspections to make sure companies comply with the rules, a senior administration official said. Penalties for noncompliance can range from $13,653 per serious violation to $136,532 if a company willfully violates the rules.
On Thursday, the regime also pushed back the deadline for federal contractors to comply with vaccine mandates for staff from Dec. 8 to Jan. 4 to match the deadline set for private companies and health-care providers.
OSHA states that the new rules are meant to “protect unvaccinated employees of large employers from the risk of contracting COVID-19 by strongly encouraging vaccination,” however, even the CDC admits that vaccinated people are catching, spreading, and in many cases getting very sick and dying of the virus. Studies have consistently shown that those who’ve had COVID in the past, provide stronger immunity than the vaccines.
Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate is already facing a wall of opposition from Republican state officials who are quickly passing laws and signing orders to exempt workers as they prepare to fight the rules in court.
Republican governors or attorneys general in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana and South Dakota said Thursday that they would file lawsuits against the mandate as soon as Friday.
“This rule is garbage,” South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, a Republican, said Thursday through a spokesperson. “It’s unconstitutional and we will fight it.”
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in a statement that he will file a lawsuit to halt the “illegal, unconstitutional” mandate first thing on Friday.
“The federal government does not have the authority to unilaterally force private employers to mandate their employees get vaccinated or foot the bill for weekly testing,” Schmitt said in a statement.
“We will be on file first thing tomorrow morning to halt this illegal, unconstitutional attempt by the Biden Administration and the federal government to impose their will on thousands of Missouri businesses and millions of Missourians."
— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) November 4, 2021
Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) said Florida will also file a lawsuit against OSHA.
“People are so sick of constantly being bossed around, restricted, mandated. It’s important to speak up for people’s individual right to make decisions for themselves.” – @GovRonDeSantis announcing lawsuit against OSHA mandate
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 (@ChristinaPushaw) November 4, 2021
YES – @GovRonDeSantis: "People are just so sick of constantly being bossed around, restricted, mandated.."
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 5, 2021
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced the plans for a lawsuit against the federal government.
“While I agree that the vaccine is the tool that will best protect against COVID-19, this federal government approach is unprecedented and will bring about harmful, unintended consequences in the supply chain and the workforce,” Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said in a statement, announcing plans to sue the government over the OSHA rules.
Gov. Holcomb offered the following statement in response to OSHA publishing the emergency temporary standard (ETS) which mandates companies with 100 employees or more require the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing. pic.twitter.com/v6MqUbRtm2
— Eric Holcomb (@HolcombForIN) November 4, 2021
In a statement announcing legal action, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said people should be able to make their own health care decisions.
“President Biden is taking dangerous and unprecedented steps to insert the federal government even further into our lives while dismissing the ability of Iowans and Americans to make health care decisions for themselves,” she said.
Biden’s plan pits Americans against Americans, while forcing them to choose between making a living or standing up for their personal beliefs. Biden’s actions will only worsen the existing workforce shortages and supply chain issues that hinder our economic recovery.
I believe the vaccine is the best defense against COVID-19, but I also firmly believe in Iowans’ right to make healthcare decisions based on what’s best for themselves and their families, and I remain committed to protecting those freedoms. President Biden should do the same.
We will take immediate legal action to challenge the Biden Administration’s rule on vaccine mandates for employees of companies employing 100 or more.
We will take immediate legal action to challenge the Biden Administration’s rule on vaccine mandates for employees of companies employing 100 or more.https://t.co/4cyh5RtGxM
— Gov. Kim Reynolds (@IAGovernor) November 4, 2021
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced that her state will join several other states in filing a lawsuit against the regime over the unconstitutional mandate.
This morning, the Biden Administration released their guidance through OSHA that affects over 100 million Americans.
I am announcing that today, we are joining a lawsuit against the Biden Administration's unconstitutional vaccine mandates.@JoeBiden, see you in court. pic.twitter.com/sA3xnEIYuQ
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) November 4, 2021
This federal vaccine mandate is unconstitutional and I can’t think of a worse decision for Joe Biden to make right now. I will continue to do everything in my power to put a stop to this: pic.twitter.com/4DIqgQb4zs
— Dr. Roger Marshall (@RogerMarshallMD) November 4, 2021
Ohio @GovMikeDeWine on @POTUS' federal vaccine or weekly test mandate by Jan. 4:
"Employers should not be told by government to vaccinate, nor should they be told they cannot require vaccinations." @FOX19 pic.twitter.com/2X2c92JsxP
— Trevor Peters (@TrevorPetersTV) November 4, 2021
I’ll be holding a press conference at 9:30 AM to discuss our lawsuit against @POTUS’s unlawful vaccine mandate for federal contractors. TUNE IN to our livestream ➡️ https://t.co/02y4wxLBvt pic.twitter.com/vxqlLjsXgV
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) November 3, 2021
President Biden’s vaccine mandates are unlawful, unconstitutional, and un-American. I am fighting them in court. Here is an update on where things stand: pic.twitter.com/wfnbZy8F1I
— Attorney General Steve Marshall (@AGSteveMarshall) November 1, 2021
Pres Biden’s vaccine mandate is illegal, exceeds federal authority & violates the rule of law. @POTUS expect legal action from Arkansas! pic.twitter.com/voHscpboaU
— Leslie Rutledge (@AGRutledge) November 4, 2021
Republicans argue that OSHA does not have the legal authority to require vaccines or virus testing.
In the letter to Biden, the top state government lawyers argued that the agency can regulate only health risks that are specific to jobs — not ones that are in the world generally. Seema Nanda, the top legal official for the U.S. Department of Labor, which includes OSHA, says established legal precedent allows rules that keep workplaces safe and that those rules pre-empt state laws.
That hasn’t stopped state lawmakers and governors for taking a variety of actions aimed at undercutting federal mandates.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last month issued an executive order prohibiting private companies or any other entity from requiring vaccines. An Ohio lawmaker has proposed a bill barring schools and colleges from expelling students who refuse vaccines and preventing employers from firing workers who do so.
Arkansas has adopted a law creating a vaccine-mandate exemption for workers who can prove they have COVID-19 antibodies, although a broader measure banning employers from asking about vaccination status failed in the Legislature. The OSHA rule does include a religious exemption, as well as one for people who work exclusively outdoors or away from others — such as from home.
Lawmakers or governors in states including Kansas, South Dakota and Wyoming have called for special legislative sessions to counter vaccine mandates. In Nebraska, not enough state lawmakers agreed to a special session to get one on the calendar, but Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican in a GOP-dominated state, has been pushing them to keep trying.
“Right now, there are Nebraskans who are losing their jobs over vaccine mandates,” Ricketts said in a Facebook post Thursday. “Until more Senators step up, these people who are hurting won’t get the help they need.”
In a statement Thursday, Biden falsely claimed that vaccine mandates are actually popular with the American people, and have not led to worker shortages.
“There have been no ‘mass firings’ and worker shortages because of vaccination requirements,” he lied. “Despite what some predicted and falsely assert, vaccination requirements have broad public support.”
In fact, more than half of U.S. voters support workers refusing to comply with mandatory vaccination against COVID-19, and believe that firing workers for non-compliance would hurt the U.S. economy.
The latest Rasmussen Reports poll found that 52 percent of likely U.S. voters said they support workers refusing to comply with workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Only 38 percent said they don’t support workers who resist the mandates, and 10 percent said they were not sure.
And strict vaccine mandates in New York and Chicago have led to municipal employee shortages, including among police, firefighters, and sanitation workers.