The Biden administration’s OSHA executive order is a dangerous abuse of power that won't help us truly defeat COVID-19.
The arrogance of this rule and the way it was constructed is disgraceful.
Employers are just figuring out how to operate and keep people safe, and now Washington is forcing them to navigate a sweeping, unlawful mandate or be punished. It bears repeating: this will do nothing to defeat COVID-19.
What it will do is pit employees against their employers in a time when they have been working together to create safe environments to stay afloat.
It will push people out of work in the middle of a labor shortage and supply chain crisis.
It will put COVID-19 tests out of reach for those who actually need them.
And it will continue to erode trust in our institutions and stoke division in our communities.
Today, we have a choice of vaccines, advances in therapeutics, and are free to take a number of precautions against COVID-19. The last thing we need is another barrier from an out-of-touch administration that thinks they can force private businesses to bend to their will with zero Congressional involvement or public debate.
Our country is founded on a system of checks and balances. This order goes well beyond the scope and authority of any government agency. No one branch of government can be allowed to have unchecked and unrestrained power to disregard our democratic system to impose a rule that threatens to upend the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.
For these reasons, I urge Congress to take immediate action through the Congressional Review Act (SJRes. 29) to reassert its proper authority and stop this unacceptable and dangerous government overreach. This order must be overturned.