Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, Americans have been grappling with unique challenges. As local officials tried to slow the spread of the virus, some overstepped their authority and violated constitutional rights. In many cases, Alliance Defending Freedom stepped forward to defend the rights of ministry clients.
Now, an unlawful power grab is coming from the federal government.
In September 2021, just weeks after the Biden administration said that a national vaccine mandate was “not the role of the federal government,” the administration went back on its word. President Biden announced that he would direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to create a new “workplace safety” rule: employers with 100 or more employees must require all employees to be vaccinated or be tested for COVID-19 weekly.
If the mandate does what the president promises, private and religious employers failing to comply could be subject to crippling fines. Eighty million Americans will be affected. Maybe even you and your loved ones. The White House all but admitted that OSHA’s mandate offers “the ultimate workaround for the federal government to require vaccinations.”
If the mandate is as President Biden has promised, OSHA has no authority under the Constitution or federal law to issue it. If the Biden administration follows through with its threat to force private businesses and nonprofits to require employees to be vaccinated, ADF will file suit.
Americans may have different opinions about COVID-19 vaccines, but this isn’t ultimately about vaccines. It’s about blatant overreach by the federal government.
If our political leaders are given leeway to force you to take the vaccine, what can’t they force you to do? They cannot brazenly ignore the constitutional limits on their power whenever it serves their interests.
ADF will take legal action if the Biden administration follows through on this executive overreach.
ADF is responding to federal government overreach because the executive branch simply has no authority to tell private businesses and nonprofits that they must force their employees to be vaccinated or submit to costly weekly testing.
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