Saturday, September 11, 2021

Members of Congress, Federal Judges, Staffers Exempt From Vaccine Mandate

Absent from these mandates are similar requirements for members of Congress, federal judges, or their staffers.

Biden's executive orders would unilaterally require vaccination for federal employees, the military, and government contractors.

In the second section, Biden lays out this rigorous policy, requiring all executive agencies to "Implement, to the extent consistent with applicable law, a program to require COVID-19 vaccination for all of its Federal employees, with exceptions only as required by law." Such exemptions are few and strictly defined.

The order would cover civilian employees of executive offices like the State Department and Department of Defense, and would also require all military personnel to receive the vaccine.

The president went beyond this laying out a framework that would require private-sector employers to mandate vaccines or weekly testing for their employees.

Not included in the executive orders are mandates for members of federal employees in the legislative or judicial branches, including members of Congress, their staffers, as well as federal judges and other court employees.

Because federal courts are not under the executive branch, federal judges and their staffers are not covered under Biden's sweeping mandate. 

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