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Governor Reeves wins the first round in the fight against Biden’s vaccine mandate

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Below is a column on political analysis by Bobby Harrison:

Governor Tate Reeves proudly claimed victory on social media in the opening round of the litigation to block President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for private companies.

“The fight continues, but this is a big first step,” Reeves said on social media this week after the courts temporarily suspended the mandate.

The U.S. 5th District Court’s Court of Appeal issued an injunction on November 6, mandating that companies with more than 100 employees require either workers to be vaccinated or weekly tests for COVID-19. The committee, which consists of three judges, quoted with the mandate “reason to assume that there are serious constitutional and statutory problems”.

The temporary stay means little, as the vaccination mandate is not due to come into force until the beginning of January. A mask requirement that is part of the mandate and has also been stopped comes into force in December.

The lawsuit, involving various states and private companies, is one of several lawsuits filed to challenge Biden’s mandate. Mississippi’s participation is notable in that the state leads the nation in the number of COVID-19 deaths per capita and has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country.

When Reeves began lamenting vaccine mandates, he said, “I don’t think public authorities have the authority to prescribe vaccines. I don’t think private sector companies should mandate vaccines, but if a person doesn’t like what their boss is doing, they can get another job. ”

When it was pointed out that the state of Mississippi has imposed multiple vaccination mandates – like the vaccinations required for attending public schools – the governor eventually backed off, saying he did not believe any person, including the president, had unilateral mandates can issue.

And even last week, Mississippi House spokesman Philip Gunn announced that the government could not give vaccine mandates.

“I firmly believe that the government should not force Mississippians to take the vaccine against their will,” Gunn wrote to members of the House of Representatives.

The speaker and the governor are, of course, parts of the government – and important parts at that. Gunn, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Reeves, first as lieutenant governor and later as governor, had the power to influence whether Mississippi had vaccination mandates or to eliminate them, as many opponents of vaccination urge them to run every legislature. So far, Gunn, Reeves and other heads of state have rejected the requests of those who oppose the vaccination. It remains to be seen whether this will change in the upcoming 2022 meeting.

In reality, the lawsuits against the Biden vaccine mandate have nothing to do with whether the government can give vaccine mandates. The government has been doing this with the blessing of the courts for decades. The lawsuits against Biden revolve around whether his Department of Labor can use federal laws to impose the mandate. The federal law gives the Federal Administration for Occupational Safety and Health Protection the authority to issue rules and regulations to ensure occupational safety. The question for the courts is whether the vaccination mandate represents a proper use of this OSHA authority.

The case could likely go to the US Supreme Court.

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, who Reeves said she is working closely with him on the lawsuit, is already calling on the Supreme Court to make earlier decisions that guaranteed the right to abortion. Oral hearings in this case will take place in December.

Last year, Fitch joined a national lawsuit to have millions of votes cast to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. This case was unceremoniously rejected by the US Supreme Court.

In that case, Fitch and other Republican attorneys general who filed the lawsuit famously alleged that Biden had “less than one in a quadrillion to the four” chance of winning the election in four major swing states.

According to an article in Bloomberg Businessweek, “one in a quadrillion to the power of four” corresponds to “less than a million million million billion billion billion billion billion opportunity”.

– Item credit to Bobby Harrison from Mississippi Today –

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