This article discusses Biden's executive order affecting federal employees of the executive branch of government and federal contractors.
There are several vaccine mandates in the US at this time:
1) Biden's Executive Order for federal employees of the executive branch and federal contractors.
2) OSHA's (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) mandate for private businesses with more than 99 employees.
3) CMS ( Medicare and Medicaid Services) vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.
4) For military personnel. This mandate is separate from the mandates listed above.
Vaccine mandate for federal employees of the executive branch
On September 9, 2021, US President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order requiring employees of the executive branch of the federal government and federal contractors to get vaccinated and tested as a condition of continued employment.
EXECUTIVE ORDER. 1) Executive Orders state mandatory requirements for the Executive Branch, and have the effect of law. They are issued in relation to a law passed by Congress or based on powers granted to the President in the Constitution and must be consistent with those authorities, 2) An executive order is a signed, written, and published directive from the President of the United States that manages operations of the federal government.
However, since this was an executive order, members of Congress were excluded since Congress is the legislative branch of the US government.
THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH of the US Government is in charge of making sure that the laws of the United States are obeyed. The President of the United States is the head of the executive branch. The President gets help from the Vice President, department heads (called Cabinet members), and heads of independent agencies. Here are some of the things those people do:
- The President leads the country and commands the military.
- The Vice President becomes President if the President can no longer do the job and is also President of the Senate.
- Department heads advise the President on issues and help carry out decisions made by the Government.
- Independent Agencies also help carry out decisions made by the Government or provide special services.
However, Biden's executive order included a special provision that excluded certain members of the executive branch from the vaccine mandate, such as the White House staff.
Federal judge blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for federal contract workers
December 7, 2021. The Bradford Era. (The Center Square) – A federal court issued an injunction Tuesday blocking the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contract workers, the latest in a series of legal defeats for the president.
Several business groups challenged Biden's mandate in court along with multiple states, including Georgia, Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, Utah, and West Virginia. Plaintiffs applauded Tuesday's ruling, the latest in a string of court losses for Biden’s mandates in recent weeks.
"Abuse of power by the Biden administration has been stopped cold again," South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, who was part of the lawsuit, said in a statement. “The rule of law has prevailed and liberty is protected.”
The legal challenge argued that Biden’s mandates violated the Constitution by overstepping the executive's power.
“By interfering with the traditional balance of power between the states and the federal government and by acting pursuant to ultra vires federal action, Defendants violated this ‘inviolable sovereignty,’ and thus, the Tenth Amendment,” the lawsuit read...The administration is urging businesses to comply with the private sector mandate even though they are not legally obligated to do so...