WH chief of staff Ron Klain: If OSHA can tell you to wear a hardhat, it can tell you to get vaxxed

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White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain arrogantly asserted on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that he expects President Biden’s federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large businesses to be upheld even though a federal appeals court has blocked it for the time being.

“I think what it means, for the time being, is that the effectiveness of that vaccine requirement is frozen,” Klain noted during the interview with host Chuck Todd.

“These vaccine requirements have been litigated up and down the courts all over the country,” he stated, pointing to court decisions upholding similar vaccine mandates at the state level.

“The Supreme Court has turned back several times already various efforts to enjoin other vaccine requirements,” Klain commented. “I’m quite confident that when this finally gets fully adjudicated, not just a temporary order, the validity of this requirement will be upheld.”

“It’s common sense, Chuck, if OSHA can tell people to wear a hard hat on the job, to be careful around chemicals, it can put in place these simple measures to keep our workers safe,” he brazenly claimed.

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy also told ABC News that the Biden administration was prepared to defend the “necessary” vaccine order in court.

“The president and the administration wouldn’t have put these requirements in place if they didn’t think that they were appropriate and necessary, and the administration is certainly prepared to defend them,” Murthy told ABC News host Martha Raddatz.

“When you think about the workplace, in particular, it’s so important that our workplaces are safe – the workers feel safe there, the customers also feel safe, and we know that at this point in the pandemic when we’ve come so far but we still have 75,000 cases per day, it’s important that we take every measure possible to make our workplaces safer,” he added. “It’s good for people’s health, it’s good for the economy and that’s why these requirements make so much sense.”

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On Thursday, the White House reiterated its vaccine requirements for companies that have more than 100 employees or a “majority of healthcare workers.”

Under the requirement, employers will have to either ensure their employees are fully vaccinated or make sure they undergo a weekly coronavirus test and wear a mask while at work.

“All covered employers are required to provide paid-time for their employees to get vaccinated and, if needed, sick leave to recover from side effects experienced that keep them from working,” the White House also stated.

Employers must be in compliance by Jan. 4 or face stiff fines and penalties.

The White House is arguing that the new requirement will “drive even more progress and result in millions of Americans getting vaccinated, protecting workers, preventing hospitalization, saving lives, and strengthening the economy.”

On Saturday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Louisiana temporarily blocked the vaccine mandate, remarking, “Because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate, the Mandate is hereby STAYED pending further action by this court.”

At least four lawsuits have been filed against the requirement. The suits “argue that the Department of Labor lacks the authority to issue a rule and that it did not follow the proper procedure in issuing the emergency temporary standard,” according to Politico. Plaintiffs include Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Utah.

More than two dozen states have filed multiple legal challenges in federal court against the vaccine mandate for private businesses, arguing that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration lacks the authority to issue the requirements.

Sen. Ben Sasse called vaccine mandates “unconstitutional slop” in a statement following the decision by the federal court, saying the “Fifth Circuit got this one right.”

“The vaccines themselves are miracles of modern medicine and American ingenuity,” the Nebraska Republican asserted. “But we’re not going to beat this awful virus with extreme partisanship or unconstitutional executive orders. The OSHA mandate is unconstitutional, and at the end of the day will only increase vaccine hesitancy. The President should take a long look at this decision and reverse course before the courts embarrass him again.”


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