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(RepublicanWire.org) – In the first of what could be a string of similar announcements, General Electric (GE) has gone public with its decision to suspend its COVID vaccine and testing rules following yesterday’s decision by the United States Supreme Court that, at least temporarily, halted the Biden administration’s vaccination and testing mandate it had imposed on companies with more than 100 employees.

According to CNBC:

“General Electric on Friday has suspended its Covid vaccine and testing requirement after the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration’s mandate, a company spokesperson told CNBC.

“GE, which had 174,000 employees at the end of 2020, has encouraged its employees to get vaccinated, the spokesperson said.

“The Supreme Court’s conservative majority, in a 6-3 ruling, called the administration’s requirements a ‘blunt instrument’ that ‘draws no distinctions based on industry or risk of exposure to Covid-19.’” [emphasis added]

Further:

“President Joe Biden, in a statement after the court’s decision, called on companies to voluntarily implement the vaccine and testing rules.” [emphasis added]

Clearly, General Electric is not following Biden’s call to voluntarily force employees to comply with a vaccine and testing regime.

The question now is how many other companies with 100 employees or more will follow GE’s lead and stop their implementation of vaccine and testing protocols.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Just moments ago, the Supreme Court ordered expedited oral argument on the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate cases to be held on January 7th.

In an unusual move, the Supreme Court set an expedited oral argument on the emergency stay requests in the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate cases – both the employer mandate challenged by numerous petitioners, including by the ACLJ on behalf of our client The Heritage Foundation, and the health worker mandate.

The ACLJ filed an emergency stay request with the Supreme Court on Saturday night in an effort to block the Biden Administration’s mandate that private employers of 100 or more employees be required to force their workers to obtain and prove that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine. This mandate not only impinges on the constitutional rights of employees but creates onerous burdens on employers, including enforcing the mandate, storing private medical information of all employees’ vaccine status, and conducting onsite weekly COVID testing. Quite simply, it is an unconstitutional federal power grab.

As we’ve explained. .. :

[T]he ACLJ is representing The Heritage Foundation in a new lawsuit challenging President Biden’s vaccine mandate for all employers with 100 or more employees, regardless of whether they work remotely. The Biden mandate also directs larger businesses to require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or undergo regular testing and mask-wearing.

The mandate has been promulgated by the Biden Administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). After OSHA issued this mandate, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal temporarily blocked it. However, all legal challenges were then consolidated in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Friday, Dec. 17th, the Sixth Circuit reinstated President Biden’s vaccine mandate . . . .

In response, our legal team immediately filed an Emergency Application for Stay of Agency Action Pending Judicial Review and Petition for a Writ of Certiorari Before Judgment on behalf of The Heritage Foundation to defeat this unconstitutional mandate.

Not only is this mandate unconstitutional, it could actually put more employees at risk for exposure to COVID-19 and its variants, as it requires regular testing, administered by a designated employee, requiring that person to come into close proximity with the employee who may or may not test positive. Not to mention the added financial burden it is to these employers, many of which barely survived the pandemic and enforced lockdowns that ensued during 2020.

As stated in our emergency filing:

“If upheld, the vaccine mandate will fundamentally change the relationship between employer and employee by forcing employers to compel and regulate the personal medical decisions of their employees. The vaccine mandate will also impose significant financial and other burdens on private employers and result in predictable economic chaos.”

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ordered the Biden Administration to file a response by December 30th. With oral argument at the Supreme Court in these critical cases now set for less than two weeks away, our legal team will be working tirelessly through the end of the year to prepare for the next round of legal arguments as we urge the Supreme Court to strike down this draconian and unconstitutional mandate. We will keep you updated as this critical case progresses.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Moving as expeditiously as he could on Christmas Eve Eve, while most of the mainstream media had already headed out for a long holiday weekend, former President Donald J. Trump asked the United States Supreme Court to intervene and stop the United States House of Representatives Select Committee that is investigating what took place at the United States Capitol Complex on January 6th from obtaining records about his actions that day.

According to CNBC:

“Former President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to block a demand for White House records from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by a mob of Trump supporters.

“The request came two weeks after two lower courts rejected Trump’s argument that the records are protected by executive privilege, a legal doctrine that allows some White House communications to be kept private.

“President Joe Biden had declined to invoke privilege over the disputed documents.” [emphasis added]

In addition to the filing with the Supreme Court, Trump issued a statement, saying, in part, “The people being persecuted by the January 6th Unselect Committee should simply tell the truth, that they are angry about the RIGGED Presidential Election of 2020…”

This is a breaking news report, and we will monitor the United States Supreme Court to see if they take up the case.

By law, the court is not required to accept Trump’s petition. However, legal experts and court watchers say they’d be surprised if the court didn’t take the case.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Tell Biden’s DOJ to back off of Texans’ rights!

The court’s conservative majority rejected the abortion providers’ request because of its enforcement mechanism, which separates it from “heartbeat” laws passed in other states. The law deputizes private citizens and grants them standing to file lawsuits against violating doctors who provide abortions without exception.

The Texas law prohibits almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, at around six weeks of pregnancy. The only time that abortion is permitted is when there’s life-threatening danger to the mother or when impairment occurs “substantially” from major bodily functions during pregnancy period. In addition, private citizens can launch civil lawsuits against anyone who aids/abets these procedures.

The U.S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has issued a decision in favor of Texas, asserting that its heartbeat abortion law can remain intact and effective despite beefed up federal opposition from Biden’s Justice Department.

“The court issued a 2–1 order siding with the state of Texas, refusing the Justice Department’s request to reinstate an earlier court ruling that had blocked enforcement of the law. The order was backed by Judges James C. Ho, who was nominated by Donald Trump, and Catharina Haynes, who was nominated by George W. Bush. Judge Carl E. Stewart, a nominee of Bill Clinton, dissented,” National Review reported, stating, “Thursday’s decision comes after the same panel last week issued a temporary decision to reinstate the law after a federal judge in Austin temporarily halted the ban.”

The Supreme Court’s refusal to block provisions of the law has set up a potentially historic win for pro-life movements by overturning two cases which have been considered landmark moments in abortion history. “The decision sets up an opportunity that will likely lead to further testing and examination into whether current laws are constitutional, as well as setting guidelines on how far states can go when regulating abortions before they take place,” according The Washington Free Beacon .

The Supreme Court has largely rejected election-related lawsuits latey. So many were surprised when the high court agreed to take on a case related to Arizona’s recently-passed laws banning ballot harvesting and tightening controls over provisional ballots. Not only did the Supreme Court take on the case, but it killed liberals’ election-stealing dreams in Arizona.

USA Today reports that the case, which it calls “the most significant to deal with voting rights to come before the court since 2013,” ended with a 6-3 majority vote in favor of the state’s right to deal with ballot harvesting and other unethical behaviors loved by leftists:

Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion for a 6-3 majority, joined by the court’s conservatives. Associate Justice Elena Kagan wrote a dissent, joined by the court’s liberals, that described the majority opinion as “tragic.”  

The case, the most significant to deal with voting rights to come before the court since 2013, dealt with two provisions of Arizona’s voting law approved long before the 2020 election. State officials passed a law in 2016 barring unions and advocacy organizations from collecting voters’ mail-in ballots, a practice that critics call “ballot harvesting.” 

Democrat stooge Elena Kagan says that the 6-3 decision is a violation of the Voting Rights Act. “What is tragic here is that the Court has (yet again) rewritten – in order to weaken – a statute that stands as a monument to America’s greatness, and protects against its basest impulses,” she says. “What is tragic is that the court has damaged a statute designed to bring about ‘the end of discrimination in voting.'”   The Left argues that these rules impact communities of color disproportionately — but that argument fizzles out once it leaves the media and enters a courtroom, where evidence can be examined responsibly.

This ruling is bad for Democrats, but good for America.

Imagine this: the Supreme Court has just decided that abortions can happen at 8 months. The Second Amendment, it turns out, only applies to muskets. God cannot be mentioned in schools. If any of these sound horrifying, they may be something you will encounter in the near future if Democrats’ plot to pack the Supreme Court with ultra-liberal swamp people succeeds.

The Intercept, which reported extensively on Joe Biden’s sexual harassment scandal and cognitive decline leading up to the election, has revealed that Democrats plan to pack the Supreme Court to ensure that they can reshape America as they see fit:

The bill would add four seats to the high court, bringing the total to 13 from the current nine. The bill is led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, subcommittee Chair Hank Johnson, and first-term Rep. Mondaire Jones. In the Senate, the bill is being championed by Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

This is a response to Congress approving President Trump’s completely legal SCOTUS appointments, an attempt to stack the court back in Democrats’ favor. But while leftists claimed President Trump would do exactly this to ensure a conservative majority, he only replaced people as they retired or died:

After Trump’s nomination of Coney Barrett, then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer faced pressure to stop her confirmation by any means necessary. When those myriad options fell short and Coney Barrett was pushed through, the conversation turned to expanding the court.

“Not only do these extremist judges threaten more than a century of progressive achievements,” read a letter to Schumer by 20 New York elected officials, “they threaten to foreclose the possibility of any future progress under a Democratic administration.”

Bernie Sanders supporters and other progressives, naturally, are all for this.

This has been on Biden’s mind for quite some time — though he has been rather coy about it.

…After Democrats lost races they hoped to win in Maine, North Carolina, and Iowa, some Democratic strategists argued that the talk of court packing and ending the filibuster had inspired more Republicans to vote, and discussion of the move was shelved.

In April, President Joe Biden created a commission to study possible reforms to the court, including adding seats. This past October, Biden promised to create such a commission if elected, saying the judicial system was “getting out of whack,” but said, “It’s not about court packing.”

If Democrats succeed here, it is the end of America as we know it. They will use the opportunity to push through any and all extremist, socialist measures they can in as little time as possible. Christians, gun owners, conservatives, people who care about the lives of the unborn or even just freedom as a general concept are at risk. God help us all.