“This is a big win for the Constitution, for American and Utah workers. A big win for freedom.”
Sen. Mike Lee applauded the Supreme Court Thursday after a 6-3 vote that will halt the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for large businesses.
“Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly,” the court said in an unsigned majority opinion.
Lee has fought for months to get Congress to act and stop the Biden administrations vaccine mandates.
Following the decision Thursday, Lee said, “these bureaucrats in Washington had no authority ordering 84 million Americans and 500 thousand Utahns who are at risk of losing their jobs” to comply with “presidential medical orthodoxy.”
Lee said his passion has been fueled by the stories of Utah families worried about their jobs and keeping food on the table. He said his concern came from Utahns of all political backgrounds.
“We should never have had to get this far, and I’m grateful the Supreme Court was willing to step in,” he said.
He accused Biden of dragging his feet after announcing the OSHA mandate before releasing the specifics, which would ultimately allow for a court challenge.
“It’s disappointing that as we’ve watched President Biden watch the American people struggle with this, (we knew) it wasn’t going to make people safer and statistical data were not supporting him on this decision,” Lee said.
He said a lot of people “were going to be harmed by this decision.”
Lee believers Biden’s proposed OSHA rule for companies with 100 or more employees ignored “legitimate concerns” from Utahns with “pre-existing conditions, religious objections, or natural immunity they may have already acquired.”
In a statement Biden said he was disappointed the nation’s highest court blocked “common-sense life-saving requirements for employees at large businesses that were grounded squarely in both science and the law.”
While the Supreme Court blocked the OSHA rule for businesses, it upheld a mandate for healthcare workers who provide services to those who used Medicaid and Medicare.