Biden ignores DC mask rules, gets double-dip of bad news as admin withdraws COVID vaccine mandate

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President Joe Biden has suffered yet another humiliating defeat, opting to withdraw his vaccine mandate for businesses with at least 100 employees after the Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that it was a federal overreach.

The administration filed a motion on Tuesday to have the existing lawsuits against the order dismissed, The Hill reported, noting that 27 Republican-led states and a coalition of businesses had challenged the mandate in court.

“The federal government respectfully moves to dismiss the petitions challenging the Vaccination and Testing emergency temporary standard (Vaccination and Testing ETS) issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to address the grave danger of COVID-19 in the workplace,” the administration said in a motion, according to political news site.

Biden went through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in an attempt to force the mandate on more than 80 million Americans, and OSHA released a statement Tuesday saying the order is no longer effective as of Wednesday.

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is withdrawing the vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard issued on Nov. 5, 2021, to protect unvaccinated employees of large employers with 100 or more employees from workplace exposure to coronavirus. The withdrawal is effective January 26, 2022,” the release said. “Although OSHA is withdrawing the vaccination and testing ETS as an enforceable emergency temporary standard, the agency is not withdrawing the ETS as a proposed rule. The agency is prioritizing its resources to focus on finalizing a permanent COVID-19 Healthcare Standard.”

“OSHA strongly encourages vaccination of workers against the continuing dangers posed by COVID-19 in the workplace,” the statement added.


After the Supreme Court blocked the OSHA requirements, Biden essentially doubled down by calling on businesses to ignore the ruling and institute their own vaccination requirements.

“The Court has ruled that my administration cannot use the authority granted to it by Congress to require this measure, but that does not stop me from using my voice as President to advocate for employers to do the right thing to protect Americans’ health and economy,” Biden said in a statement at the time.

Already beset with record low approval ratings, Biden was hit with another set back Tuesday when a new Gallup poll showed only 37 percent view the president as a strong and decisive leader.

“President Joe Biden is viewed as likable and intelligent by three in five Americans. However, at the end of a challenging first year in office, with his approval rating at a personal low of 40%, less than half of U.S. adults think he possesses five other positive character qualities, least of all being a strong and decisive leader (37%) and able to manage the government effectively (38%),” Gallup reported. “Slightly more think he displays good judgment in a crisis (43%), is honest and trustworthy (45%), and cares about the needs of people like themselves (48%).”

Gallup attributed the ratings decline to be “driven primarily by independents and, to a lesser degree, Democrats.”

As for the likability, that poll was taken before a crotchety 79-year-old Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b*tch” for asking him about the impact inflation may have on the midterms. Biden was forced to call Doocy about an hour after the insult to say, “It’s nothing personal, pal.”

Tom Tillison


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