(PresidentialWire.com)- Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court announced that it has set a rapid schedule to hear legal challenges to the Biden administration’s employer vaccine mandates in early January.
In two separate orders issued on Wednesday, SCOTUS said it would hear oral arguments on January 7 over President Biden’s OSHA vaccine-or-test mandate for employers with over 100 workers and the regulation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requiring all health care workers be vaccinated.
In its orders, the Supreme Court chose not to block the new rules from going into effect until after the case is heard. But that isn’t surprising since the rules go into effect next month and the oral arguments are set for January 7.
Lower court rulings have been split over both the OSHA rule and the rule from CMS. Each rule prompted multiple legal challenges which will now be consolidated during the January 7 oral arguments.
In response to the Supreme Court’s decision, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Wednesday night that the administration is “confident” it has the legal authority to impose these mandates and the Justice Department will “vigorously defend” the measures.
Citing the current surge in cases from the milder Omicron variant, Psaki claimed that these mandates are “critical” in protecting workers, adding that vaccine requirements and testing “are urgently needed.”
It’s worth noting that even those fully vaccinated and boosted can contract and spread the Omicron variant.
On Thursday, attorney Harmeet Dhillon appeared on Fox News’ Ingraham Angle to discuss the upcoming SCOTUS case. Dhillon is representing conservative outlet The Daily Wire in its lawsuit against the OSHA vaccine mandate and will be presenting arguments on January 7.
Dhillon explains that Congress has never given OSHA the authority to mandate employers require their workers to take “a particular drug” or classify workers “as hazardous substances in the workplace.” She also argues that the federal government has very limited police powers and Biden’s mandate is granting police powers to OSHA that it should not have.
Watch her interview:
I joined @IngrahamAngle @RaymondArroyo to discuss the upcoming SCOTUS hearing on the OSHA mandate challenges, affecting our client @realDailyWire, whose emergency petition we & @ADFLegal filed Monday. The COVID mandates are illegal, unconstitutional! Merry Christmas! pic.twitter.com/vtjFDOKj42
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) December 24, 2021