Politics Biden Official 'Confident' Vaxx Mandate for Businesses Will Be Upheld After Court Freeze
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More than 20 states filed lawsuits against the mandate, alleging infringements on the Constitution and federal government overreach. Department of Labor officials have defended the emergency temporary standard as being no different than others that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued in the past. The Biden administration argued in a court filing that OSHA has the ability to implement the temporary standard, in part because of the "grave" danger that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to the public.
White House Chief of Staffsaid Sunday that he doesn't think a federal court's decision to temporarily halt President administration's workplace COVID vaccine mandate will have "much practical effect in the short run."
During an interview on' Meet the Press Sunday, Klain said the mandate will be "well litigated well before January 3," a day before the policy is slated to take effect.
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"Look, these vaccine requirements have been litigated up and down the courts all over the country, state requirements, for example, one in Maine," Klain said.
"And every single court before this one ruled that they were valid. Thehas turned back several times already various efforts to enjoin other vaccine requirements. I'm quite confident that when this finally gets fully adjudicated, not just a temporary order, the validity of this requirement will be upheld," Biden's chief of staff added.
Under the now-frozen vaccine requirements issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workers at businesses with at least 100 employees would have to be vaccinated against COVID by January 4 or wear masks and undergo weekly tests.
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WATCH: As courts freeze President Biden's vaccine mandate, White House Chief of Staff @RonaldKlain says he's "confident" mandates will be upheld.
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On Saturday,, citing "grave statutory and constitutional issues," after more than two dozen states filed lawsuits challenging the requirements.
The largely Republican-led states opposing the mandate in court include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Utah, Kansas, Kentucky, Idaho, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama, Florida and Georgia are also challenging the vaccine rules.
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton praised the court's ruling on Saturday.
Appeals Court Freezes Biden Vaxx Mandate for Businesses Amid 'Abuse of Authority' Claims
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said that the COVID vaccine mandate for companies has "grave statutory and constitutional issues."The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit stayed the mandate and said that it entailed "grave statutory and constitutional issues.
"Yesterday, I sued the Biden Admin over its unlawful OSHA vax mandate. WE WON. Just this morning, citing 'grave statutory and constitutional issues,' the 5th Circuit stayed the mandate," Paxton tweeted.
"The fight is not over and I will never stop resisting this Admin's unconstitutional overreach!"
During his Meet the Press interview, Klain said that the Biden administration's workplace vaccine requirement is "common sense."
"If OSHA can tell people to wear a hard hat on the job, to be careful with chemicals, it can put in place these simple measures to keep our workers safe," he explained.
Biden first announced that he would bein September, stating that all workers at large employers, as well as federal contractors, would be subject to vaccine requirements.
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"Sarah has earned the Republican nomination and I'm delighted today to endorse her for governor," Governor Asa Hutchinson said in a statement. "The state of Arkansas will be in good hands with Sarah as governor, and she has my full support." Rutledge also backed Sanders after she left the race, saying that the former White House press secretary "will stand strong against the onslaught of the liberal left's attack on our home state." Other endorsements that Sanders will run with include Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin, Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman, and former President Donald Trump.