Ohio Attorney General: Biden Is Attempting Mandate “Work Around” After Supreme Court Arguments

The nation awaits a ruling from the Supreme Court on whether Joe Biden’s OSHA and Medicare vaccine mandates will be blocked until federal courts can fully hear the evidence on whether the executive branch has the power to impose the mandates on millions of Americans. During the nearly four hours of oral argument on the cases on Friday, there was some mention of the White House characterization of the mandates as a “workaround” of ordinary Constitutional restraints.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is one of 27 Republican state attorneys general who is part of the cases seeking the immediate stay of enforcement. He restated that Biden is trying to go around Congress after the Friday arguments.

Yost said during a video press conference that the White House is trying to circumvent Congress because they know they don’t have the votes to impose sweeping vaccine mandates. He said that the order issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an unlawful exercise of executive power and added that he believes the Supreme Court will agree.

Many court observers believe that the conservative majority of justices will decide against the mandates, even as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has led to higher numbers of cases. The high court took the cases up on an emergency basis, and a ruling on the request for an immediate block of the mandate is expected at any time.

During the arguments on Friday, both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch asked whether the Biden Administration had gone beyond its legal authority in issuing the mandates. Roberts said he found it “hard to argue” that the executive branch had the power it is claiming. Justice Brett Kavanaugh pointed out that Congress has not passed any law addressing the power of any part of the federal government to impose a nationwide vaccine mandate.

Yost told reporters that he is vaccinated and urged all citizens to get the vaccine but reiterated that he does not believe OSHA has the legal power to compel the shots.