The Biden Administration’s mandated that businesses with over 100 employees require either vaccination or weekly testing. On Jan. 14 the Supreme Court’s Republican majority decreed that a pandemic is not a proper workplace question.  Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan dissented, writing in part:

“COVID-19 poses grave dangers to the citizens of this country—and particularly, to its workers. The disease has by now killed almost 1 million Americans and hospitalized almost 4 million. It spreads by person-to-person contact in confined indoor spaces, so causes harm in nearly all workplace environments. And in those environments, more than any others, individuals have little control, and therefore little capacity to mitigate risk. COVID-19, in short, is a menace in work settings. The proof is all around us: Since the disease’s onset, most Americans have seen their workplaces transformed. So the administrative agency charged with ensuring health and safety in workplaces did what Congress commanded it to: It took action to address COVID-19’s continuing threat in those spaces.”

For background and commentary, including two ongoing questions in American history—what powers Congress can delegate to the executive branch, and the right balance between federal and state governments—see Heather Cox Richardson, Letters from an American. As she shows, the conservative justices are pointing in the direction of making federal government even more non-functional than it already is.

“Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part.”

-- Sen. John Lewis

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