According to a breaking report from CNBC “the Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its sweeping vaccine-or-test requirements for large private companies.”
The decision was 6-3 with the 3 liberal justices – Sotomayor, Breyer and Kagan, dissenting.
The highest court also allowed a vaccine mandate to stand for medical facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid payments.
The court wrote in an unsigned opinion “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.”
“Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category,” the court adds.
In the dissenting opinion, the liberal justices wrote “in the face of a still-raging pandemic, this Court tells the agency charged with protecting worker safety that it may not do so in all the workplaces needed.”
“As disease and death continue to mount, this Court tells the agency that it cannot respond in the most effective way possible. Without legal basis, the Court usurps a decision that rightfully belongs to others. It undercuts the capacity of the responsible federal officials, acting well within the scope of their authority, to protect American workers from grave danger,” they add.