Headline RoundupNovember 13th, 2021

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Decision To Halt Biden's Vaccine Mandate For Larger Businesses

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit late Friday upheld its decision to halt President Joe Biden's proposed vaccine mandate for larger businesses, saying his administration has not proved "COVID-19 poses the kind of emergency that allows OSHA to take the extreme measure."

The policy, scheduled to take effect Jan. 4, says companies with more than 100 employees must require their workers to get vaccinated or get tested weekly and wear a mask. Businesses that refuse to comply could face thousands of dollars in fines. While the conservative court acknowledged that the pandemic is "tragic and devastating," they claimed the Biden administration's proposed mandate “grossly exceeds OSHA’s statutory authority.” At least 26 states have filed or joined lawsuits against the mandate; the case is expected to go to the Supreme Court. 

The ruling was prominently covered across the spectrum. Most left-rated voices argued that the mandate is necessary to end the COVID-19 pandemic and fully reopen the economy. Right-rated voices generally believe the mandate is unconstitutional and infringes on the freedom of US citizens. Some left-rated outlets stated that the Fifth Circuit’s order is "premature, improper, and appears to be motivated by partisanship." Some right-rated outlets highlighted how the vaccine mandate could "inflict financial harm" on private companies.

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