(FreedomBeacon.com)- On Saturday, the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit blocked the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses with over 100 employees. The challenge was brought by a Louisiana supermarket chain and six employees from a Texas company that makes kitchen ventilation systems. The court said the arguments made by the petitioners “give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate.”
With the OSHA rule now on hold, the Biden administration has decided to appeal directly to private businesses and urge them to move forward on implementing a vaccine requirement for their employees.
In Monday’s White House press briefing, deputy secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that the White House thinks businesses shouldn’t wait for the courts to make their final ruling on the legality of the OSHA order. Jean-Pierre encouraged business owners to voluntarily move ahead to “keep your workplace safe.”
While this sounds a bit shifty, there is nothing in the court’s decision that would prevent the White House from asking businesses to implement a vaccination requirement. If the White House had announced that they intend to damn the torpedoes and move full steam ahead with the penalties and fines for businesses that refuse, that would definitely be a problem.
The fact is, the White House is arrogantly confident that this unconstitutional rule will be upheld in the courts and the multiple challenges against it will be thrown out.
In an appearance on “Meet the Press” over the weekend, White House chief of staff and Twitter addict Ron Klain said that the courts will uphold the OHSA mandate. Jean-Pierre, in her Monday press briefing, said the same, arguing that “clearly” the administration “has the authority to protect workers.”
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals certainly doesn’t think it’s that clear.
The OSHA rule is facing additional challenges in court, including lawsuits backed by the attorneys general from 26 states, in the 5th, 6th, 8th, and 11th circuits.
On Tuesday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson and guest Brit Hume discussed the White House’s decision to ask businesses to move ahead with vaccine requirements.
Hume also believes the White House encouraging businesses to implement vaccination requirements doesn’t violate the court’s order. But at the same time, Hume thinks the White House is stepping on a political landmine pursuing employer mandates when the economy and the job market are struggling.
Watch the segment HERE.