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White House says businesses should still mandate jabs for employees in spite of court ruling

(By Ashley Sadler | LifeSite News) – The Biden administration on Monday told businesses they should move forward with requiring workers to get inoculated against COVID-19 despite the fact that the federal government’s jab mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees has been temporarily halted by a federal court which cited “grave statutory and constitutional issues” with the rule.

On Monday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said “people should not wait” for the courts to rule on the constitutionality of the mandate.

Jean-Pierre, who has been filling in for press secretary Jen Psaki she had tested positive for the coronavirus despite being “fully vaccinated,” added that businesses “should continue to move forward and make sure they’re getting their workplace vaccinated.”

“Do not wait to take actions that will keep your workplace safe. It is important and critical to do, and waiting to get more people vaccinated will lead to more outbreaks and sickness,” Jean-Pierre said.

The comments came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit moved Saturday to temporarily stay the Biden administration’s sweeping mandate, which was enacted through an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) via the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the U.S. Department of Labor.

If implemented, the mandate would force employers to require their workers to show proof of “full vaccination” or participate in frequent testing and wear a mask while indoors on the job.

Issued in response to a request for a stay submitted by Texas, Utah, Mississippi, and South Carolina, as well as a group of businesses and religious groups that argued they would be negatively affected by the mandate, the court’s Saturday ruling temporarily stalled the controversial requirement, which is intended to take effect January 4, 2022.

Though the Fifth Circuit was the first court to rule on the case just two days after the Biden administration released its 490-page document outlining the mandate, more than half of U.S. states have also filed suit against the government along with a bevy of private companies.

On Thursday, conservative media outfit The Daily Wire was one of the first major companies to sue the federal government for its OSHA mandate, calling the rule a “grotesque abuse of power.”

In response to the Fifth Circuit Court’s order that the federal government reply to its ruling by 5 p.m. Monday, officials in the Biden administration responded by asking the court to lift the stay and arguing that a continued pause of the rule could cost lives.

In its 28-page response, the government argued that “[n]o reason exists to rule on petitioners’ stay motions immediately,” and “a stay would likely cost dozens or even hundreds of lives per day.”

However, the Biden administration’s own rule issued allegedly in response to the “emergency” posed by the spread of COVID-19 comes nearly two months after it was announced by President Joe Biden, and even if upheld by the courts will not take effect until January.

The Monday response to the court also failed to note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has admitted that the shots do not stop transmission of the virus. Meanwhile, a growing body of data indicates that the strategy of mandating experimental COVID-19 drugs to defeat the coronavirus has failed, undercutting the rationale for continuing mandates. Read Full Article >

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