Reps. Allen, Stefanik, Foxx, Banks, Sen. Braun Lead Opposition to Biden Vaccine Mandate in Upcoming SCOTUS Case

Statement

By: Cynthia Lummis, John Barrasso, Shelley Capito, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Bill Hagerty, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Rounds, John Thune, Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham, Pat Toomey, James Lankford, Jim Inhofe, Rob Portman, Ben Sasse, Deb Fischer, Kevin Cramer, John Hoeven, Thom Tillis, Steve Daines, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Joshua Hawley, Roy Blunt, John Kennedy, Bill Cassidy, Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell, Jr., Roger Marshall, Jerry Moran, Mike Braun, Todd Young, James Risch, Mike Crapo, Joni Ernst, Chuck Grassley, Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, John Boozman, Richard Shelby, Dan Sullivan, Lisa Murkowski, Carol Miller, Alex Mooney, David McKinley, Mike Gallagher, Glenn Grothman, Scott Fitzgerald, Cathy Rodgers, Dan Newhouse, Thomas Davis III, Morgan Griffith, Ben Cline, Bob Good, Rob Wittman, Burgess Owens, Blake Moore, Brian Babin, Michael Cloud, Michael Burgess, Roger Williams, Beth Van Duyne, Chip Roy, Jodey Arrington, Randy Weber, Sr., Ronny Jackson, Kay Granger, August Pfluger, Lance Gooden, Pat Fallon, Dan Crenshaw, Louie Gohmert, David Kustoff, Mark Green, John Rose, Chuck Fleischmann, Diana Harshbarger, Dusty Johnson, Ralph Norman, Jr., Jeff Duncan, Joe Wilson, Sr., Nancy Mace, GT Thompson, Jr., John Joyce, Fred Keller, Lloyd Smucker, Scott Perry, Dan Meuser, Brian Fitzpatrick, Markwayne Mullin, Troy Balderson, Warren Davidson, Bob Gibbs, Bill Johnson, Jim Jordan, Steve Chabot, Chris Jacobs, Claudia Tenney, Elise Stefanik, Nicole Malliotakis, Mark Amodei, Yvette Herrell, Adrian Smith, Donald Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry, Kelly Armstrong, Ted Budd, Patrick McHenry, Dan Bishop, Richard Hudson, Jr., David Rouzer, Virginia Foxx, Greg Murphy, Steven Palazzo, Michael Guest, Roger Wicker, Trent Kelly, Jason Smith, Billy Long, Vicky Hartzler, Ann Wagner, Michelle Fischbach, Lisa McClain, Tim Walberg, John Moolenaar, Jack Bergman, Andy Harris, Garret Graves, Mike Johnson, Steve Scalise, Andy Barr, Thomas Massie, Brett Guthrie, James Comer, Jr., Ron Estes, Jacob LaTurner, Tracey Mann, Victoria Spartz, Jim Baird, Jim Banks, Jackie Walorski, Mary Miller, Russ Fulcher, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Ashley Hinson, Marjorie Greene, Barry Loudermilk, Jody Hice, Andrew Clyde, Austin Scott, Drew Ferguson, Buddy Carter, Brian Mast, Greg Steube, Vern Buchanan, Bill Posey, John Rutherford, Kat Cammack, Neal Dunn, Matt Gaetz, Doug Lamborn, Darrell Issa, Michelle Steel, Kevin McCarthy, Jay Obernolte, Tom McClintock, Doug LaMalfa, Debbie Lesko, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, Bruce Westerman, French Hill, Rick Crawford, Gary Palmer, Mo Brooks, Robert Aderholt, Mike Rogers, Barry Moore, Rick Allen
Date: Dec. 30, 2021
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Rick W. Allen (GA-12), House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (NY-21), House Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (IN-03), and Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) led over 130 Representatives and over 40 Senators in filing an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in the upcoming case considering the Biden Administration's top-down Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring private employers with over 100 employees to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing. The brief argues that Congress did not give OSHA the authority to impose a vaccine mandate and urges SCOTUS to stay the mandate.

In the brief, the Members write: "Congressional members have an interest in the powers they delegate to agencies not being abused--the legislative authority vested in the federal government belongs to Congress, not the Executive branch. In this case, the promulgation by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) of a sweeping, nationwide vaccine mandate on businesses intrudes into an area of legislative concern far beyond the authority of the agency. And it does so with a Mandate enacted through OSHA's seldom-used "emergency temporary standard' (ETS) provision that allows for bypass of notice and comment rulemaking under certain circumstances. That OSHA exceeded its authority in enacting the ETS Mandate is not a "particularly hard' question."

The Members continue: "Moreover, congressional members--as representatives of the people of their States and districts--have an interest in the citizens they represent being able to craft local solutions to problems facing their States and districts. Federalism concerns should be addressed before requiring federally-imposed solutions. And this is especially true when the question at issue involves an area typically reserved to the States (such as vaccine mandates). At the least, Congress should be forced to make clear any delegations of authority into areas of State control."


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