Members of Congress, Federal Judges, Staffers Exempt From Vaccine Mandate
On Thursday evening, President Joe Biden unveiled two executive orders that could mandate vaccinations for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus for millions of working Americans in both the public and private spheres. But absent from these mandates are kindred requisites for members of Congress, federal judges, or their staffers.
Biden’s executive orders would unilaterally require vaccination for federal employees, the military, and regime contractors. The president additionally asked Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to require that firms with over 100 employees either mandate vaccination or weekly CCP virus tests. In total, these mandates could affect over 100 million American workers, making it one of the widest-reaching vaccine mandates in world history.
Biden wrote, It is the policy of my Administration to halt the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, by relying on the best available data and science-predicated public health measures.
The order continued, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services has determined that the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to obviate infection by the Delta variant or other variants is to be vaccinated.In the second section, Biden lays out this rigorous policy, requiring all executive agencies to implement, to the extent consistent with applicable law, a program to require COVID-19 vaccination for all of its Federal employees, with exceptions only as required by law.
Such exemptions are few and strictly defined.The order would cover civilian employees of executive offices like the State Department and Department of Defense, and would withal require all military personnel to receive the vaccine. In total, this no-excuses order would affect millions of civilian and non-civilian federal employees.
The president transcended this, however, laying out a framework that would require private-sector employers to mandate vaccines or weekly testing for their employees. To achieve this, Biden turned to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency tasked with ascertaining that companies forfend the safety of their employees.
OSHA’s “emergency ad interim standards” policy does sanction for some immediate action from the agency. Under “certain constrained conditions,” according to OSHA’s website, OSHA is sanctioned to set emergency transitory standards that take effect immediately and are in effect until superseded by a sempiternal standard.
To issue such a transitory order, OSHA “must determine that workers are in grave danger” from toxic substances or other “physically harmful” agents. If OSHA complies with the request from the president, workers in mid-sized to astronomically immense firms—any firm with more than 100 employees—across the country will be affected. These employees would be coerced to optate between weekly testing and vaccination in an effort to further push the unvaccinated into getting the incipient medication.
But not included in the executive orders are mandates for members of federal employees in the legislative or judicial branches, including members of Congress, their staffers, as well as federal judges and other court employees.
Earlier in the year, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was asked about requiring that members of Congress be vaccinated. “Public health officials are emboldening wearing masks indoors,” Pelosi commenced.
She continued: So here’s the thing—we cannot require someone to be vaccinated. It’s just not what we can do.The vaccination status of any member of Congress, Pelosi verbally expressed, “is a matter of privacy.” She noted that she
cannot go to the Capitol medico and verbalize ‘give me the denominations of people who aren’t vaccinated’ so I can go inspirit them or make it kenned to others to enhearten them to be vaccinated.
Pelosi closed, “So we can’t do that.”While Democrats in Congress claim to have a 100 percent vaccination rate, some Republicans in both chambers expressed hesitancy. It is obscure precisely what percentage of members are vaccinated. Under this executive order, holdouts in Congress would not be coerced to get a vaccine.
Likewise, because federal courts are not under the executive branch, federal judges and their staffers are not covered under Biden’s sweeping mandate.
Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.