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Court's decision will allow Biden admin to impose controversial vaccination or testing mandate on large businesses

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A panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a 2-1 ruling that will allow the Biden administration to implement a controversial COVID-19 vaccine or testing mandate on companies with 100 or more employees.

The mandate will require those employers to ascertain each worker's vaccination status and will require that unvaccinated workers get tested for COVID-19 at least once weekly. By Jan. 4, employers must comply with the requirement that they ensure unvaccinated workers get tested weekly.

The decision to dissolve a stay which had been issued by the Fifth Circuit marks a win for the Biden administration, at least for now.

The matter will likely come before the U.S. Supreme Court as opponents charge ahead in their quest to vanquish the rule.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, who is also the chair of the Republican Attorneys General Association, said that the battle against the mandate will continue.

"The Sixth Circuit has dissolved the stay of the OSHA vaccine mandate. While we are disappointed in the Court’s decision, we will continue to fight the illegal mandate in the Supreme Court. We are confident the mandate can be stopped," Wilson tweeted.

"We will go immediately to the Supreme Court- the highest court in the land- to fight this unconstitutional and illegal mandate. The law must be followed and federal abuse of power stopped," he declared.

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