WASHINGTON– In a move constitutional scholars were quick to criticize, Joe Biden issued an executive order Thursday mandating all employers within the U.S. with 100 employees or more require their employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
“I’m instructing the Department of Labor to require all employers with 100+ employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated — or show a negative test at least once a week,” Biden tweeted.
The mandate comes as an increasing number of Americans push back against the vaccine.
The administration will also enforce fines of up to $14,000 per violation for employers that ignore these mandates, The Washington Post reported. The mandate is expected to affect more than 100 million workers.
“This is absolutely unconstitutional,” Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky, wrote in a tweet, attaching a link to the news.
“Mandates are not the answer,” Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla, wrote in response. “Getting the vaccine should be up to you and your doctor — not the federal government.”
“All 9 million federal employees should consult with their doctor and make a personal, informed decision about taking the vaccine,” wrote Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo. “Instead, Sleepy Joe says take it or else… You don’t lead by coercion. Biden has failed as a leader in every way.”
Recent rallies across the country have drawn increasing numbers by Americans suspicious of the Biden agenda.
One rally in San Diego drew particular interest after it was announced the protest was organized by health care workers.
Participants, calling themselves America’s Healthcare Workers for Medical Freedom, chanted the repurposed pro-abortion rights slogan “our body, our choice,” and argued that individuals, not the federal government, have the exclusive right to decide whether or not to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Biden order is in direct contrast to statements he made while running for office in which he said he would not consider imposing mandatory vaccines.
“I don’t think they should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it to be mandatory, but I would do everything in my power just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide,” then candidate Biden told reporters in December of 2020.
Requests for clarification from the White House on the discrepancy were met with “no comment.”