Senator Barrasso comments on Supreme Court Ruling for Biden’s Vaccine Mandate
by Senator Barrasso media release
January 13, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today (Thursday, January 13, 2022), U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to halt the Biden administration’s mandate requiring private employers with over 100 employees to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing.
"Today, the Supreme Court confirmed what we all knew: President Biden’s vaccine mandate on employees of private businesses is unconstitutional. This ruling frees millions of Americans from having to choose between their job and their personal health care decisions. Employers will also breathe easier knowing they can focus on growing their business instead of acting as the vaccine police. Stopping this massive government overreach is a victory for all Americans who value the Constitution and their personal freedoms."
• On September 8, President Joe Biden announced vaccine mandates that extend to 80 million private sector workers.
• To implement this mandate, OSHA issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). Employers that fail to comply will be fined $13, 653 for each offense and willful violations will result in a $136,532 penalty. This rule would place unrealistic compliance burdens on employers—especially during a time where business and supply chains are already under duress.