U.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.), ranking member of the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace safety, on Friday released the following statement as the Supreme Court convened to hear oral arguments on the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for private businesses:
“I’ve led the charge against the unconstitutional federal overreach of Biden’s vaccine mandate for private businesses because no one should lose their job because of their personal decision to get vaccinated or not. The Supreme Court must permanently halt this illegal rule and protect Americans’ liberties and livelihoods.”
Last week, Sen. Braun led 47 other Senators, and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.-26) led 136 other Representatives in filing an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on this case, arguing that Congress did not give the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) the authority to impose a vaccine mandate and urged the Supreme Court to stay the mandate.
In November, Sen. Braun led the entire Senate Republican Conference in filing a formal challenge against the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate under the Congressional Review Act, the official process for Congress to eliminate an executive branch rule. This challenge was passed by a bipartisan vote the following month with two Democratic senators joining the Senate Republican Conference.
Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pa.-12) introduced the same resolution in the House of Representatives, which was cosponsored by every House Republican.