6th Circuit reinstates Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate, SCOTUS battle looms

The 5th Circuit halted Biden's workplace vaccine mandate but the 6th reinstated it Friday, setting the stage for a Supreme Court showdown.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks before signing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Nov. 15. (White House/Flickr)

(The Center Square) — The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday reinstated President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate on larger employers, overturning another federal court’s injunction and setting up a showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The mandate, depending on how the Supreme Court rules, would require employers with 100 workers or more to require their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, undergo weekly testing or face stiff fines.

“[I]t is difficult to imagine what more OSHA could do or rely on to justify its finding that workers face a grave danger in the workplace,” the 6th Circuit Court wrote.

OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, was charged with administering the workplace mandate.

The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans previously blocked the mandate, citing “grave” constitutional concerns.

A number of Republican state attorneys general, business groups and others filed lawsuits challenging the executive order. After the 5th Circuit halted the mandate, the lawsuits were consolidated and sent to the 6th Circuit.

The latest ruling is sure to find itself before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“A bad decision by a left-leaning panel (Bush and Obama judges) of the 6th [Circuit],” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted. “It’s un-American to force an [unconstitutional vaccination] mandate on private [business], forcing people to choose [between] unemployment [and] an irreversible [medical] procedure. I will immediately take this to SCOTUS to seek a reversal.”