US Rep. Dan Meuser has called on the Supreme Court to put an end to President Joe Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees.
The proposed vaccine mandate would go into effect through an OSHA rule and affect many small businesses in the coal region.
Right now, the Biden administration is arguing their case for a vaccine mandate for these employers. The mandate would require workers either be what they’re calling “fully vaccinated” or subject to weekly COVID testing.
A ruling from the high court is expected soon after arguments conclude.
Meuser Calls Biden’s COVID Vaccine Mandate Unconstitutional
In a statement issued Friday, Meuser – who represents Schuylkill County in Congress – calls the vaccine mandate proposal heavy-handed, typical of the Biden administration.
“The Biden administration will be advocating for this big-government mandate that they are trying to inflict on our nation’s businesses of over 100 employees. Lower courts have already stopped its enforcement, yet tomorrow the Biden administration will argue for allowing this unconstitutional mandate to go forward,” he says.
Meuser says the testing requirement will occupy employer and employee time and will put a strain on COVID supplies.
“This administration needs to stand down from further disrupting workers and businesses and the courts need to continue to stand up for the American people. Everyone is feeling the detrimental cause and effect of the Biden “woke” agenda,” he says.
Indeed, workforce development was a topic Meuser raised with The Canary on Friday, while he was touring businesses in the Schuylkill Haven and Orwigsburg areas. And it’ll be more difficult to develop a workforce if they and their employers are subject to the vaccine and testing mandate.
Many businesses may be forced to hire an employee just to deal with COVID compliance, which also happened when an employer mandate was also attached to the so-called Obamacare healthcare plan.
In his statement, Meuser says, “Businesses throughout Pennsylvania and the country will further suffer under these heavy handed policies. The vast majority, if not 99% of businesses need their employees to carry out work, and their number one goal is to prioritize the safety of all individuals who work for them. Businesses are practicing safe distancing and other measures for the safety of their employees. We must stay safe and stay open. It is time to take a smarter approach to the COVID-19 virus rather than the heavy handed government approach taken by this administration and many blue states.”
(NOTE: The US Small Business Administration (SBA) definition of a small business is any with less than 500 employees. However, a vast majority of businesses in the US have no employees.)