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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Challenges to Biden Vaccine Mandates in Early January

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(The Center Square) – The U.S. Supreme Court early next month will hear challenges to two of President Joe Biden’s worker-related COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

The nation’s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear oral arguments Jan. 7 on the Biden administration’s separate executive branch mandates that most health care workers and those employed by private businesses with 100 workers or more be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, be tested regularly, or face losing their jobs.

Dozens of lawsuits were filed challenging the constitutionality of Biden’s vaccine mandates, which he put in place without Congressional approval.

The private sector mandate, which would impact more than 80 million workers in the U.S., initially was ordered halted by the the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which cited “grave” constitutional concerns over potential executive branch overreach.

After more than a dozen lawsuits against the mandate on private businesses were consolidated and sent to the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, the Ohio-based federal court reinstated it last week. The reinstatement ruling was immediately appealed to the Supreme Court by multiple plaintiffs across the country.

Biden also mandated that the employees of all health care companies that receive Medicaid and Medicare dollars be vaccinated against the coronavirus. This mandate affects more than 2 million American workers.

Conservative groups and free market advocates argue the president doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally make health care decisions for individual American citizens. The Biden administration has said it’s confident it does have that authority.

The mandates are set to take effect Jan. 4, three days before oral arguments in the cases.

Because of the timing of the effective date of the mandates, the Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision quickly.

Originally published by The Center Square. Republished with permission.

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  1. This is not about public health. I think the underlying issues (here) are clearly the expansion of federal power under the supremacy clause of the Constitution. In my view, the “end game” is to get a precedent setting case where the 10th amendment can be circumvented & States long standing police power can be abridged using a health crisis as the vehicle. These progressives are AUTHORITARIANS fixated on power & central control. I fear this is the opening SALVO for a coming barrage of federal overreach that will challenge the foundation of Federalism and reach into every aspect of daily life. Better hope SCOTUS punches the Biden Administration in the mouth. Not trying to be overly DRAMATIC, but this may be one of the biggest challenges since the Civil War to our constitutional Republic. That, and vote in the 2022 mid-terms like your liberty depends on it…

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