Rep. Biggs: Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Triggering ‘Tremendous Pushback’

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President Joe Biden’s national COVID-19 vaccine mandates are unconstitutional and the mandates and different actions by his medication are triggering beardown challenges, ineligible and otherwise, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said.

Biden past period imposed a vaccine mandate connected national workers and contractors, with constricted exceptions, and his medication plans to force backstage businesses to compel vaccination or necessitate play COVID-19 testing.

Many Republicans reason the mandates, including Biggs, who noted connected NTD’s “Capitol Report” this week that a flurry of lawsuits have been filed challenging them oregon are being prepared erstwhile the backstage concern regularisation is yet released to the public. He besides highlighted however immoderate businesses look to beryllium impacted by workers defying the mandate, including Southwest Airlines.

The medication “is truthful rogue and tyrannical. They’re large authorities socialists, they’re fascists, they privation to usage this,” Biggs said.

“But what we’re seeing is tremendous pushback astir the country. And it isn’t needfully implicit the vaccine arsenic overmuch arsenic it is implicit the mandate,” helium added.

Biden announced the backstage concern vaccination request successful aboriginal September but his medication did not taxable the regularisation for reappraisal until past week.

The president “just fundamentally willy nilly says thing successful a property conference—doesn’t contented immoderate document, actually, to this constituent that supports it,” Biggs said, adding: “So I deliberation you’re going to proceed to spot a combat successful the American public, you’re going to spot a combat successful Congress. And I deliberation you’re going proceed to spot the states combat arsenic well, definite states, and they should, due to the fact that this is an unconstitutional mandate.”

The White House has said it has the authorization to compel backstage concern vaccination done the 1970 OSHA Act. That instrumentality lets the Occupational Safety and Health Administration contented what’s called an Emergency Test Standard, oregon a rule, successful cases the bureau finds “that employees are exposed to sedate information from vulnerability to substances oregon agents determined to beryllium toxic oregon physically harmful oregon from caller hazards.”

The medication has said national laws override authorities ones aft immoderate states banned vaccine passports, oregon banned requiring impervious of vaccination.

Biden, meanwhile, has welcomed ineligible challenges.

Asked astir the filed and pending challenges during an quality earlier this month, helium said: “Have astatine it. We’re playing for existent here. This isn’t a game.”

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including authorities and tribunal cases. He started astatine The Epoch Times arsenic a New York City metro reporter.