The thing that many feared of is happening, president Joe Biden announced the vaccine requirement for federal workers, but he went even further mandating vaccines for workers in companies with more than 100 employees.
Although majority of the workers in those companies are vaccinated, some of them are also opposing the president since he doesn’t have a constitutional right for such a mandate, something that law experts also claim.
In the announcement of his vaccine plan on Thursday, Biden announced that companies with 100 or more employees would be required to establish vaccine mandates or start weekly testing. The Department of Labor plans to issue an emergency rule in the coming weeks that would impact over 80 million private-sector workers.
Additionally, 17 million healthcare workers will stop receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds if they don’t get the shot anytime soon.
Private businesses are struggling with workers shortage since the start of the pandemic and the additional vaccine requirement might make thing even worse for them. They strongly oppose the vaccine mandate announced by Joe Biden.
Following the announcement, at least 19 states have vowed to push back against the president. And the latest mandate might become the start of the fall for US president.
“@JoeBiden see you in court,” tweeted Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota.
Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina issued a broad denunciation of the Biden administration, saying, “We will fight them to the gates of hell.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp pledged to “pursue every legal option available” to stop the administration’s “blatantly unlawful overreach.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott attacked Biden’s vaccine mandate as “an assault on private businesses,” adding, “Texas is already working to halt this power grab.”
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt pledged to fight back against the administration’s “complete disregard for individual freedoms and states’ rights.”
Reportedly, less than 24 hours after his announcement on Thursday, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that he was already in touch with other state attorneys discussing the potential authority overreach of president Biden.
“We’re obviously very deeply disturbed by the president’s announcement and we’re looking at different ways we can get it to court right now,” Morrisey told Sinclair Broadcast Group’s James Rosen Friday. “Because we think that this is a great abuse of power by the president and he knows it.”
Biden also used the occasion on Thursday to slam GOP governors who blamed them for not helping him and the White House administration with the pandemic as they oppose every single logical pandemic measure. The mask mandate is schools was the hot top topic Biden once again noted in his Thursday speech.
“If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way,” Biden warned.
It’s too early to see the results of both the vaccine requirement and the potential lawsuits from the private companies and GOP governors, but there surely will be intense fall in front of us.