Supreme Court schedules emergency hearing to consider 2 Biden vaccine mandates

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The Supreme Court said Wednesday night that it will hold a special hearing on Jan. 7 to hear oral arguments in two cases involving President Biden's vaccine requirements. The justice will consider challenges to Biden's requirement that companies with 100 or more employees ensure their workers are either vaccinated or tested regularly and a separate case requiring vaccinations for about 17 million health care workers.

Both challenges have had ups and downs in lower federal courts. The vaccine mandate for large employers was upheld last week by a divided panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, and the mandate for health care workers was blocked by lower courts covering about half the U.S. The policies had been challenged by Republican-led state governments and groups of business and religious interests.

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