Politics Republicans Rejoice as Supreme Court Knocks Down Biden Vaccine Mandate
Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham take final swipes at Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ahead of Supreme Court confirmation vote: 'She is an extreme outlier'
In a last-minute gripe, Republicans took swipes at Ketanji Brown Jackson even though they were powerless to stop her confirmation.Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina held a press conference ahead of the final confirmation vote to explain why they were not going to support Jackson.
Theissued a decision today striking down the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test mandate for large private companies.
Under the proposed rule, which was to be carried out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, companies with more than 100 employees would have been forced to implement a mandate requiring employees to get vaccinated or submit a negative COVID test each week to enter the workplace.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins tests positive for COVID-19 right after voting to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court
Collins was wearing a KN-95 mask during Thursday's confirmation vote, in contrast to the vast majority of her Senate colleagues.Biden is expected to make a final decision by the end of February to replace Breyer and has already begun to reach out to potential candidates, according to CNN.
The measure was widely criticized by Republican lawmakers from its onset, and on Thursday upon announcement of the ruling, a number of the nation's most prominent critics of the measure took toto celebrate the decision.
"#SCOTUS decision in vaccine mandate case is a big victory for liberty, the rule of law, and the Constitution," Senatorof Missouri wrote in a tweet.
"SCOTUS has halted the Biden administration's OSHA vaccine mandate," Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona tweeted. "This a GREAT step in stopping these mandates for good."
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Biden seems 'more open' to canceling student debt broadly 'than ever before,' Chuck Schumer says .
During a virtual event, Sen. Schumer said he's "making progress" with Biden on canceling student debt, noting the pause "isn't going to stay forever."During a virtual summit hosted by the Student Debt Crisis Center on Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer — a leading advocate for broad student-loan forgiveness in Congress — reiterated his belief that President Joe Biden can easily wipe out federal student loans by signing an executive order. He also noted that, following Biden's fourth extension of the pause on student-loan payments, broad student-debt cancellation must be the next step, and said the White House might be looking favorably on the idea.