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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: U.S. President Joe Biden leaves a meeting with Senate Democrats in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on January 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. Biden has called on his fellow Democrats to go around Republican opposition, do away with the 60-vote threshold for advancing legislation in the Senate and pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom To Vote Act. The strategy is in doubt due to opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).

Another significant loss for President Biden yesterday after deliberation from the Supreme Court (SCOTUS has officially ruled on the vaccine mandate. It has been loss after loss with the supreme Court with Joe Biden and the SCOTUS. Last year, we also saw the President get shut down on the eviction moratorium. The Court ruled that the vaccine Mandates through OSHA were unconstitutional. However, this is a mixed ruling as it allows the requirement for certain health care workers to go into effect while blocking enforcement of a mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees.

The  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prematurely said on Monday said that businesses with at least 100 employees needed to require workers to get vaccinated or get tested weekly and wear a mask. However, the SCOTUS has come out and said OSHA does not have the authority such a mandate stating “empowers the Secretary to set workplace safety standards, not broad public health measures.” Many businesses worked together to come against the Federal government threatening lawsuits for the overreach of government power.

Although COVID-19 is a risk that occurs in many workplaces, it is not an occupational hazard in most,” the Court ruled. “COVID–19 can and does spread at home, in schools, during sporting events, and everywhere else that people gather. That kind of universal risk is no different from the day-to-day dangers that all face from crime, air pollution, or any number of infectious diseases.

The SCOTUS ruling with Biden V. Missouri did rule that Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra can mandate medical workers at institutions that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding to get them vaccinated unless they get medical or religious exemptions. Overall it’s just another big loss for President Biden.

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