US Supreme Court blocks Biden's workplace vaccine mandate

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Jan 14, 2022, 17:39

Jan 14, 2022, 17:41

The US Supreme Court has blocked President Joe Biden's rule requiring workers at large companies to be vaccinated or masked and tested weekly.

The justices at the nation's highest court said the mandate exceeded the Biden administration's authority.

Separately they ruled that a more limited vaccine mandate could stand for staff at government-funded healthcare facilities.

The administration said the mandates would help fight the pandemic.

President Biden, whose approval rating has been sagging, expressed disappointment with the decision "to block common-sense life-saving requirements for employees".

He added: "I call on business leaders to immediately join those who have already stepped up - including one third of Fortune 100 companies - and institute vaccination requirements to protect their workers, customers, and communities."

Former President Donald Trump cheered the court's decision, and said vaccine mandates "would have further destroyed the economy".

"We are proud of the Supreme Court for not backing down," he said in a statement. "No mandates!"

The administration's workplace vaccine mandate would have required workers to receive a Covid-19 shot, or be masked and tested weekly at their own expense.

It would have applied to workplaces with at least 100 employees and affected some 84 million workers. It was designed to be enforced by employers.

Jan 14, 2022, 18:09

I expected nothing else from the outcome of the  Supreme Court case.   The idiotic Biden - if he wanted such a law to be applied is to go through the Congress for that one to approve and  he cannot rule by dictatorial mandates the way he is carrying on.   

His advisers ruining the country in fact should be called to account.    I am sure the idiot will now say we must expand the Supreme Court - but for that he will need Congressional approval and most of the voters are strongly opposed to that idiocy.  


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