01.13.22

Sullivan Welcomes SCOTUS Ruling Against Biden Vaccine Mandate for Businesses

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) today issue the following statement praising a six-to-three ruling by the Supreme Court against the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates for private employers. In December, Senators Sullivan and Mike Braun (R-Ind.), along with 182 of their congressional colleagues, filed an amicus brief with the court arguing that Congress did not give the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) the authority to impose a vaccine mandate.

“Today is a rough day for Joe Biden, but a GREAT day for America,” said Sen. Sullivan. “The Supreme Court today blocked the Biden administration’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate on American businesses—a victory for hard-working families and the rule of law. The court today affirmed what I’ve been saying for months: The federal government simply does not have the constitutional or statutory authority to institute vaccine mandates on employers and their employees. I have encouraged my constituents, in consultation with their physician, to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families. But this is a personal choice, not one that should be forced on Americans by their own government. Hard-working Americans and Alaskans should never be forced to choose between getting vaccinated or putting food on the table for their families because of an unconstitutional mandate.”

On December 8, a bipartisan majority of the Senate voted to overturn President Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate for businesses using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), an expedited process for Congress to eliminate an executive branch rule. Sen. Sullivan led the CRA effort against the vaccine mandate with Sen. Braun. 

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