Washington, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21) joined House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) in releasing the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Biden Administration's unlawful vaccine mandate:
“President Biden’s vaccine mandates are unlawful and not based on science. They deny workers their livelihood, divide our society, and diminish liberty. They are bad policies that undermine public confidence in the vaccines and compound the President’s failure to fulfill his promise to ‘crush the virus.’
“Today’s ruling blocking OSHA’s vaccine mandate is a welcomed rejection of an arbitrary, aggressive, and authoritarian government. But the fight isn’t over. Republicans will continue to speak up for the many healthcare workers who have been wrongly fired due to a similar mandate. They were on the front lines during the worst times of this pandemic, and many have natural immunity from prior infections. It is wrong to continue a mandate that punishes the same workers who have sacrificed so much to take care of Americans.”
Since the beginning, Stefanik has opposed the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate on private businesses and challenged the Department of Labor on this decision. In December, Stefanik led over 130 of her colleagues in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court arguing that Congress did not give OSHA the authority to impose a vaccine mandate and urge SCOTUS to prevent the enforcement of the mandate.