Some Arizona Politicos React To Supreme Court Ruling On OSHA Vaccine Mandate

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East façade of the Supreme Court Building. [Photo courtesy U.S. Supreme Court]

It was unusually quiet on the Democratic Party side of the aisle on Thursday in response to the U. S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. On the other side of the aisle, the Republican Party was boisterous.

The Court ruled that OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) lacked the authority to impose a mandate because the law that created OSHA “empowers the Secretary to set workplace safety standards, not broad public health measures.” That job, said the Supreme Court, is for Congress to do.

“Although COVID-19 is a risk that occurs in many workplaces, it is not an occupational hazard in most,” the Court found in a 6-3 decision. “COVID–19 can and does spread at home, in schools, during sporting events, and everywhere else that people gather. That kind of universal risk is no different from the day-to-day dangers that all face from crime, air pollution, or any number of communicable diseases.”

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