Resolution To Repeal Vaccine Mandate Gets Passed By Senate
Repeal of OSHA ETS Receives Simple Majority Vote
On Dec. 8, 2021, the Senate voted on and passed a resolution to repeal President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers. The resolution passed with a simple majority vote of 52 to 48.
The resolution aims to overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) emergency temporary standard (ETS) that requires private employers of 100 or more employees to implement a vaccine or weekly testing policy. Some argue that the mandate is unconstitutional and a federal overreach of authority.
The resolution is supported by all the Republican senators and two Democratic senators from Montana and West Virginia.
The next stop for the resolution is the House to vote on the resolution. President Biden states that, if the resolution passes in the House, he will veto the bill.
The Biden Administration has stated that the vaccine mandate would not create a burden on employers as the majority of employees are fully vaccinated and the rule does not include small businesses.
The resolution comes after businesses have voiced concerns about terminating employees who refuse the vaccine or testing.
Lawsuits Filed Against the OSHA Vaccine Mandate ETS
The ETS received at least 34 lawsuits, with one filed in all 12 regional circuit courts. In November, a judicial panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay that effectively delayed the ETS from taking effect until the courts could provide a further review.
Given the number of lawsuits filed across the country, the courts decided to consolidate them and hold a lottery to see which court would hear arguments in the case. The lottery—conducted similar to a bingo drawing—was won by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati.
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ timeline for acting will likely not be until the middle of December. Until then, OSHA has made it clear that they are standing down on the implementation of the ETS.
What’s Next For The Mandate ETS?
The resolution will now go to the House of Representatives. Stay tuned for details on this developing story.