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Carter on SCOTUS split vaccine mandate decisions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Supreme Court of the United States (Court) today struck down the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate for private employers but declined to offer those same protections to health care workers.

Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) gave the following statement responding to today’s mixed decision:

“The federal government has no business dictating private medical decisions for private employees and I am glad that the Court recognized that today. Unfortunately, they appear to have a blind spot when it comes to health care workers,” said Carter.

The Court decided National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (NFIB v. OSHA) on a 6-3 vote and Biden v. Missouri on 5-4 vote, striking down OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) mandating vaccines for private employers with 100 or more employees but upholding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate for health care workers.

“When Biden admitted that there is no federal solution to COVID-19, he admitted that these mandates are not about public health; they’re about control. Nowhere in America, especially in Georgia’s First District, should workers have to choose between a vaccine and their job. I am proudly pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine mandate. Today’s decisions have not changed my position,” said Carter.