As a candidate, and even in his inaugural address, President Joe Biden promised “unity.”
In one sense, he has delivered.
He has united an array of groups in opposition to his authoritarian COVID-19 vaccine mandate for companies with more than 100 workers.
The latest challenge came in a lawsuit filed by a group of organizations that represent trucking, food-service, convenience store, small business, and warehousing operations.
“We believe that the Biden Administration has overstepped its statutory authority in issuing this” mandate, Chris Spear, president, and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, said in a statement.
“This standard arbitrarily picks winners and losers and puts employers in an untenable position of forcing workers to choose between working and their private medical decisions, which is something that cannot be allowed,” Spear added.
“We told the administration that this mandate, given the nature of our industry and makeup of our workforce, could have devastating impacts on the supply chain and the economy and they have, unfortunately, chosen to move forward despite those warnings.”
In a separate statement, Karen Harned, director of the Small Business Legal Center for the National Federation of Independent Businesses, added, “This mandate only increases those challenges and threatens to cause an enormous financial loss. Ultimately, the mandate restricts the freedom small business owners depend on to run their businesses and is a clear example of administrative overreach.”
Additionally, the mandate has triggered lawsuits from at least 27 state Republican attorneys general, two of the nation’s biggest Christian broadcasters, groups representing federal workers, including Navy SEALs, former President Donald Trump’s America First Policy Institute, as well as numerous individual businesses and advocacy groups.
Last week, a federal appellate court temporarily blocked the mandate, asserting that it had “grave statutory and constitutional” issues that needed to be resolved.
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