On the heels of his decision to unlawfully extend the eviction moratorium even though he had been told by the Supreme Court the move was unconstitutional, President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he intends to order private companies with more than 100 employees to have their workers vaccinated for COVID-19.
The White House may have inadvertently admitted that Biden knows the new mandate is without legal authority and amounts to an “end-around” of the Constitution. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain retweeted a post by MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle on Thursday that using the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to impose a workplace safety rule is the “ultimate work-around” for the federal government to mandate vaccines for private workers.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to Twitter and noted that the administration surely knows that the mandate lacks authority under the Constitution. Cruz stated that the White House supplied evidence that could be used in court to show that Klain acted foolishly by saying “the quiet part out loud.” He added that the retweet indicates that the administration knows the mandate is likely against the law but doesn’t care. The situation was with the extension of the eviction moratorium.
Biden virtually admitted that he knew that the extension of the eviction moratorium was unauthorized but issued it anyway to buy some time before being overruled by the Supreme Court.
Cruz also issued a press statement on Friday condemning the new federal mandate. He said that the mandate “completely ignores science” and is a “brazen violation” of privacy rights. He went on to say that imposing the new directive at a time when private enterprises are still recuperating from the consequences of the pandemic is “cruel and burdensome.”
He said that he supports the vaccine and has taken it, but each American has the personal choice about vaccines and matters affecting their health. Cruz said that he believes that receiving a vaccine should be made in consultation with a private doctor, not because of a unilateral government command.