Gov. Ricketts releases statement on Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses

“The Biden Administration’s OSHA vaccine mandate for private employers was illegal and authoritarian,” said Gov. Ricketts.
Gov. Pete Ricketts

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Gov. Pete Ricketts released a statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to block Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers of 100 or more workers.

“The Biden Administration’s OSHA vaccine mandate for private employers was illegal and authoritarian,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “The Supreme Court has rightly struck down this stunning overreach of federal power.  Letting the mandate stand would have created a dangerous precedent.  Any future administration could then declare an emergency, publish OSHA rules, and force private businesses to enact federal policies.  Thank you to Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson and his team for helping block this overreaching mandate.”

Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Court blocked Biden’s proposed vaccine mandate. The mandate would’ve required employees at large businesses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or test themselves weekly and wear masks at work.

The Supreme Court did decide to allow vaccine mandates for healthcare workers across the country. Rickett’s also commented on the court’s decision to enforce a vaccine mandate on healthcare workers.

“At a time when the State of California is telling infected healthcare workers to care for patients, it defies logic to force unvaccinated doctors and nurses to get COVID-19 shots.  Especially when many of these medical professionals can prove they have developed a degree of natural immunity to the coronavirus.  The Court’s narrow ruling on the mandate for CMS healthcare workers is disappointing for thousands of women and men who’ve heroically served on the frontlines of the pandemic for nearly two years.  I encourage anyone who has not gotten the vaccine for religious or medical reasons to seek an exemption,” said Gov. Ricketts.

 

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