SCOTUS Weighs Vaccine Rules Affecting More Than 80 Million
The arguments are expected to last at least two hours
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) began hearing arguments Friday on major Biden administration work rules to bump up the nation’s vaccination rate against COVID-19 at a time of spiking coronavirus cases because of the omicron variant.
The justices were taking up the questions of whether to allow the administration to enforce a vaccine-or-testing requirement that applies to large employers and a separate vaccine mandate for most health care workers. The arguments were expected to last at least two hours.
Early in the arguments, some members of the court’s conservative majority expressed skepticism for the employer rule. Justice Amy Coney Barrett suggested that a problem with the rule was its broad scope. Justice Neil Gorsuch also suggested officials had overstepped.
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