Presidents of both parties wrongly have expanded the unilateral executive policy playbook, but President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are still teaching a master class in unaccountable and undemocratic government with respect to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s private employer vaccine mandate. While most news coverage has focused on the court challenges to OSHA’s questionable order, White House and congressional leaders are also doing backflips to prevent Congress from voting on the matter — and hoping no one notices.
In early December, a bipartisan group of senators forced a vote and approved a joint resolution to end OSHA’s vaccine mandate. So far, the House has been prevented from voting on either the Senate-passed resolution or a companion House resolution with 212 cosponsors. It seems OSHA’s broad use of emergency powers is less about “efficient” government action during a time of crisis and more about imposing mandates and restrictions that never would pass the democratic process.
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