White House Tells Businesses To Ignore Court-Ordered Halt To Vaccine Mandate

The White House on Monday advised businesses to ignore a federal court’s temporary halt on the vaccine mandate, saying they should continue to abide by the mandate despite the legal ruling.

Last week, the White House announced a vaccine mandate run through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – or OSHA – which would levy fines of up to $14,000 per violation for companies with more than 100 employees.

The new law will take effect January 4, 2012.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, responding to a petition filed by the Texas Attorney General, businesses, and several other states, temporarily blocked the administration’s coronavirus mandate, suggesting it raises “grave statutory and constitutional issues.”

According to the White House, businesses should ignore this court order.

RELATED: Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Temporarily Halted By Federal Court

Court Halts Vaccine Mandate – White House Says To Ignore Them

The Biden administration was ordered by the federal court to respond to the group’s request for a permanent injunction on the vaccine mandate by Monday.

The administration claimed that pausing the requirements “would likely cost dozens or even hundreds of lives per day” if vaccinations are delayed.

That’s when the messaging out of the White House shifted from defense of the mandate to open defiance of the court.

Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Deputy Press Secretary, told reporters that the federal court had halted the mandate for vaccines and that it was up to businesses not to take this into account.

“People should not wait,” Jean-Pierre said. “They should continue to move forward and make sure they’re getting their workplace vaccinated.”

RELATED: Biden Admin Set To Nail Employers With Up To $14,000 Fines Each For Vaccine Mandate Violation

White House Authoritarian

With President Biden refusing to obey a court order, it is certain that the media will react furiously.

Donald Trump, a former President, was charged with ignoring a court ruling allowing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (better known as DACA) to continue.

“That’s insane. That’s a violation of the order,” said Bill Ong Hing, professor of law and Director of the Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic at the University of San Francisco, at the time.

Constitutional scholars, according to Slate back in 2017, argued that ignoring a court order “sets us up for a darker, dangerous turn” and could lead to a “constitutional crisis.”

Do you think this applies to the current president?

David Vladeck, a professor of law at Georgetown University, tells CNBC there is a “high probability” that the case against the vaccine mandate will end up before the Supreme Court.

Seema Nanda, a lawyer for the Labor Department, says the Biden administration is “fully prepared to defend this standard in court.”

More Americans have died from COVID in 2021 than in all of 2020. 


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