White House: moving forward with mandate despite court freeze

The White House on Monday urged companies to move forward with implementing rules for coronavirus vaccines after a federal court stayed. President BidenJoe Biden Biden criticizes Nicaragua’s ‘bogus elections’, calls out Ortegas autocrats Amtrak boss describes expansion plans with infrastructure spending Former Goldman Sachs boss thinks about infrastructure vote: ‘Progressives blinked’ MOREvaccine or test mandate for private companies.

“We believe that people should not wait,” said the White House deputy press secretary. Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-Pierre White House Faces Avalanche of Vaccine Rule Challenges Democrats Debate Public Misunderstanding of Biden Mandate: Migrant Families Separated by Trump ‘Deserve’ MORE Compensation he told reporters on Monday. “We say, don’t wait to take actions that will keep your workplace safe. It is important and essential to do so and waiting for more people to get vaccinated will lead to more outbreaks and diseases. “

“We are trying to overcome this pandemic and we know that the way to do that is to vaccinate people,” added Jean-Pierre.

The Biden administration maintains it has a firm legal foundation after a federal appeals court in New Orleans temporarily blocked the rule, which was developed by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), on Saturday.

“The administration clearly has the authority to protect workers and the actions announced by the president are designed to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19,” Jean-Pierre said Monday, noting that the Department of Justice will uphold the rule in court.

The three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit cited “serious constitutional and statutory problems” with Biden’s rule in issuing the suspension on Saturday. The three judges on the panel were appointed by Republican presidents.

The Biden administration unveiled the rule, formally known as the temporary emergency standard, last week. The rule requires companies with 100 or more employees to make sure their employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly tests.

The rule requires employers to meet the mandate by January 4. Officials estimate the rule will affect 84 million people. Each violation of the rule could cost an employer up to approximately $ 13,600.

Several companies have already moved to implement their own vaccine requirements for employees, but officials hope the mandate will further increase the rise in coronavirus vaccines so that the US can reduce COVID-cases and deaths. 19.

Last week, the US passed the grim milestone of 750,000 coronavirus deaths.

Federal law gives OSHA the authority to issue a temporary emergency standard if it determines that workers are exposed to a “serious hazard” required by the rule.

“I’m pretty confident that when this is finally fully adjudicated, not just a temporary order, this requirement will remain valid,” the White House chief of staff said. Ron KlainRon Klain White House Chief of Staff: ‘It’s been a tough and difficult year’ Republican Senator: Republican candidates want Trump’s backing, but ‘will win on issues’ Sunday shows: Biden officials seek social spending package after infrastructure approval MORE he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” over the weekend.

“If OSHA can tell people to wear a helmet on the job, to be careful around chemicals, it can implement these simple measures to keep our workers safe,” he said.


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