Republican Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ) this Tuesday is introducing a bill to remove the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after the agency created a rule to mandate private businesses with more than 100 employees to either force vaccines or testing on their workers.
During his angry speech on covid-19 in September, which featured President Biden slamming unvaccinated Americans and warning that his patience was “wearing thin,” the president revealed his decision to order OSHA to create a rule requiring “all employers with 100 or more workers … to guarantee their workforces are completely vaccinated or show a covid test at least once per week.”
OSHA, part of the U.S. Dept. of Labor, reportedly finalized Biden’s coercive mandate this Monday, and the news is now expected in the “incoming days,” according to a spokesperson for the department. According to their website, the “OSHA administrator is the Assistant Sec. of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health” who “answers to the Sec. of Labor, who is a member of the President’s cabinet.”
The rule, which is expected to cause fierce legal battles around the country, is already being attacked from GOP lawmakers, one of whom wants to abolish OSHA altogether after it created the rule at the direction of Biden’s White House, which it answers to.
In reply to OSHA’s overreaching dictates, Biggs is pushing legislation removing the “unconstitutional federal agency” completely, namely for being an “unnecessary, taxpayer-wasting department.”
Biggs also mentions the agency’s attempts to take control over state authorities overseeing covid-19 safety measures. That, the lawmaker thinks, should stay at the state level.
“OSHA’s existence is just another example of the federal government forming agencies to deal with issues that are better handled by state level governments and private companies,” Biggs said during an exclusive comment to reporters.
“I won’t allow OSHA to push Arizona around with their bureaucratic rules and urge my colleagues to support my effort to abolish this unconstitutional agency,” the Arizona GOP member added.
Republican Congressmembers Chip Roy (TX) and Thomas Massie (KY) are now cosponsoring the bill.
While the new measure would affect employees in every state, it is a continuation of the Joe Biden White House’s fight against Arizona, Utah and South Carolina about topics related to workplace-safety oversight.
Author: Steven Sinclaire