Pence’s advocacy group joins SCOTUS fight against Biden’s private biz vax mandate

Former Vice President Mike Pence, who some believe to be making strategic moves ahead of the 2024 presidential election, used his advocacy group to assist in taking on the Biden administration in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Hill reported that the former veep’s group, known as Advancing American Freedom, filed an amicus brief of support that urges the high court to shoot down President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses that employ over 100 workers.

As other parties have argued, Pence’s group said the vaccine mandate, which would affect some 85 million U.S. workers, is unconstitutional, to say the least, and it would exceed the “Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) use of emergency authority,” The Hill noted.

The former vice president released a strong statement in which he expressed his opposition to the mandate, which many argue would put already-struggling businesses in a financial bind, especially amid continued staffing issues across the country.

“America is about freedom and the ability to make the best decision for your family or business, and Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate must be stopped in its tracks in order to preserve freedom, protect American livelihoods and businesses, and to safeguard our constitution,” Pence wrote.

In the group’s amicus brief, it outlined several previous examples of OSHA using emergency powers when dealing with dangerous chemicals such as asbestos, adding that this particular situation does not fall within the scope of what the government agency can do.

Pence’s group also pointed out what seems obvious to at least half of the voters in America, writing “the Biden Administration is not truly seeking to mitigate workplace hazards through the [emergency temporary standard], but rather is attempting to use OSHA to accomplish an end that it has been unable to persuade Congress to support: the mandatory vaccination of the American public.”

Biden’s Justice Department, on the other hand, argues that the OSHA-enforced mandate falls within the range of power provided to the agency, citing a 1970 law as its argument.

The Supreme Court is set to hear a number of potentially landmark cases, including several dealing with Biden’s various COVID-19 vaccine mandates, in the coming weeks and months.