This afternoon, Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) held a press conference alongside fellow members of the House Republican Conference to discuss their efforts to nullify President Biden's vaccine mandate on private-sector job creators through a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution.
Keller's legislation seeks to nullify the mandate, which would require every American business that employs 100 or more individuals to "provide acceptable proof of vaccination status" for each employee.
President Biden has tasked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with the implementation and enforcement this rule, which threatens businesses with fines of up to $14,000 for each unvaccinated or otherwise noncompliant employee they retain.
This week, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay OSHA's rule, effectively halting its implementation pending future developments in the litigation. Previously, 26 states had filed suit against the administration, citing "grave statutory and constitutional issues.
Since its formal introduction yesterday, Keller's legislation has attracted nearly 190 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) is simultaneously leading an identical resolution in the Senate, with the support of all 50 Republican Senators.
Coverage of Keller's resolution has appeared in Fox News, Newsmax, Breitbart, the Washington Times, Government Executive, the Sunbury Daily Item, the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, FOX 56, and WKOK. The resolution has been endorsed by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
Following the press conference, Congressman Keller made the following statement:
"I am honored to stand with Senator Braun, my colleagues in the House and Senate, and the 80 million American workers who would be impacted by this illegal mandate. Just this week, OSHA was forced to back down from implementing its rule due to a federal court order. This is evidence that we are on the right track, and we will not stop fighting until this unlawful order is eliminated once and for all. The American people are perfectly capable of making their own decisions regarding vaccination, informed by their convictions and in consultation with their doctors. They don't need the president to do it for them."