Supreme Court conservatives skeptical of Biden vaccine and mask requirements

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority signaled Friday that it is unlikely to allow the Biden administration to enforce a sweeping rule intended to help stop the spread of Covid in the nation’s workplaces.

Several of the court’s conservatives suggested they did not believe federal law gave the government the authority to impose such a broad requirement covering millions of private employees.

“OSHA has never had such an all-industry mandate,” said Scott Keller, representing the challengers, adding that “it will cause labor shortages throughout the economy” when workers who refuse to get the vaccines simply walk off the job.

The third Biden vaccine requirement, for federal contractors, is on hold nationwide, blocked by order of a federal judge in Georgia.

NBC Supreme Court conservatives skeptical of Biden vaccine and mask requirements