Tennessee Senators Blackburn and Hagerty React to Supreme Court Ruling on President Biden’s Vaccine Mandate


The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate that would apply to large U.S. businesses. The mandate, which would have been enacted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), could have forced businesses with 100 or more employees to mandate the vaccine or weekly testing.

However, on Thursday, the high court allowed a separate policy to take effect that requires vaccinations for most healthcare workers at facilities that receive Medicaid and Medicare funding.

Senator Hagerty released an official statement on the ruling Thursday, which reads, “Private business owners and workers can breathe a little easier today following this decision from the Supreme Court. This was a victory for the rule of law, serving as a constitutional check on an Administration that admitted lacking the authority to impose this mandate before doing so anyway for political purposes.”

I’ve encouraged Tennesseans to strongly consider getting the vaccine, but each person has the right to make that personal choice,” Hagerty continued. “This decision protects that right and countless jobs and livelihoods.”

Senator Blackburn also released a statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling, writing on Twitter, “The Supreme Court’s ruling blocking OSHA’s COVID vaccine mandate is a huge win for freedom.”

Blackburn continued in a separate tweet, “The highest court in the nation made it clear: Biden’s vaccine mandates are unlawful.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced his opposition to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements in September, as previously reported by The Tennessee Star.

“To be clear: the vaccine is the best tool we have to combat the pandemic but heavy-handed mandates are the wrong approach,” Lee tweeted at the time.

In another tweet, Lee said “the Constitution won’t allow this power grab, and in the meantime, I will stand up for all Tennesseans.”

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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Sen. Marsha Blackburn” by Marsha Blackburn. Background Photo “Supreme Court” by Marielam1 CC BY-SA 4.0.

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5 Thoughts to “Tennessee Senators Blackburn and Hagerty React to Supreme Court Ruling on President Biden’s Vaccine Mandate”

  1. M W

    Kill the seatbelt law and other sources of revenue the greedy fake government officials mandate for personal wealth. How about focusing on bumper covers left behind after accidents and debris on interstate shoulders that’s a safety problem

  2. LM

    While they are ignoring the healthcare worker shot mandate, healthcare workers continue to walk away.

  3. Grey Mann

    Right, yes, awesome…. Unless you’re a frontline healthcare worker! They’re not celebrating right now in the great state of Tennessee, are they? More likely, they’re planning a move to FL, where the governor there had vowed to protect them!

    See, that’s what a leader does, inserts themselves as a shield between those they’ve sworn to protect, and those who would do them harm. Where are you, Gov. Lee?

    1. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

      I have considered a move to Florida. Bill Lee is a total dud.

  4. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    They are about to collapse the healthcare system if they don’t resend the CMS mandate.

    Unreal. When I started nursing, 24 years ago, vaccines were offered, not mandated. Everyone knew the risk of coming into the hospital. All the CMS mandate will do is force people to leave the healthcare profession.

    It will boil down to corporate medicine versus faith based medicine. If the corporations will not honor peoples religious exemptions, then they can go broke. Unfortunately, corporate medicine, has ruined healthcare, as evidenced by.