Sen. Portman Weighs In on SCOTUS Decision Blocking Vaccine Mandates


A U.S. Senator from Ohio released a statement Friday regarding Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling against President Joe Biden and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s attempt to mandate vaccines in the workplace.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) began his statement by saying that he is a strong advocate for COVID-19 vaccines.

“I participated in the [Johnson & Johnson] trial to show people it’s safe and effective and would encourage everyone to get vaccinated and get the booster,” he said. (The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is no longer recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention [CDC] due to safety concerns).

Portman continued, saying he is against mandates.

“However, I have real concerns about any national mandate imposed by the federal government on private sector employees,” he said. “Congress has not given the administration that authority, and the President may not unilaterally make enormous decisions that affect people’s lives without the representatives of the people weighing in. I believe the Court recognized that in its decision to stay the mandates while challenges to it are still pending in court.”

Under the proposed mandate, businesses with 100 or more employees would have to require vaccination among their employees.

The ruling said that OSHA does not have the authority to implement vaccine mandates, as the law creating the government agency “empowers the Secretary to set workplace safety standards, not broad public health measures.”

“Although COVID-19 is a risk that occurs in many workplaces, it is not an occupational hazard in most,” the Court said. “COVID–19 can and does spread at home, in schools, during sporting events, and everywhere else that people gather. That kind of universal risk is no different from the day-to-day dangers that all face from crime, air pollution, or any number of communicable diseases.”

Still, the Court did not block a mandate requiring healthcare workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Back in Ohio, Portman is set to retire in Jan. 2023, when his term is up.

It is primary season nationwide, and a heated battle for Portman’s seat is underway in the Granite State.

Author, lawyer and venture capitalist J.D. Vance and former Ohio State Treasurer and Josh Mandel lead a pack of Republicans vying for the position.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Ohio Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].

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  1. Mandel is the renegade in the race

    Jd Vance and Portman both need to go away. Theses two are separate sides of the same coin. Both do not like the people that the us senate seat is supposed to represent, the everyday regular folks in Ohio. If you throw in little man DeWine you have a trifecta of people who actually work against the average worker in Ohio. DeWine and
    Portman work to put legislation into effect that punishes the very people that gave them their office. The really bad mistake in the race is no merit Timpkin, she is responsible for the little man even getting in office in the first place as the head of the corrupt Ohio GOP.

    Mandel is the only one in the race that is not supported by the Ohio GOP and doesn’t want their backing. Mandel is the renegade in the race, the people should throw out the state GOP and go for the man of the people.