Ashley Moody says SCOTUS ‘spot on’ in striking down OSHA vax rule

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Florida's Attorney General expects more mandate battles with the Joe Biden White House.

Florida’s Attorney General took a victory lap Friday in the wake of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) vaccine mandates being struck down Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court, a ruling she decreed to be “spot on.”

“This was a win not just for freedom,” AG Ashley Moody exulted during a cable news hit. “This was a win for the millions of employees that were desperately trying to hold on to their health care autonomy. And for the employers who were going to be faced with another tax, billions in compliance costs.”

Moody and many other parties had challenged the “vaccine or test” rule applying to companies with at least 100 employees. On Friday, she struck a triumphant tone.

“The ruling was very clear as to this OSHA mandate. The Court said this was like taking a blunt instrument and trying to enact health care policy on a wide-scale basis using the excuse that you’re trying to protect the workplace. And they were very clear. Congress did not intend for OSHA to have that kind of authority,” Moody said. She cited the majority opinion, which contended the OSHA rule could have been applied to public gatherings, contrary to legislative intent.

Moody went on to say that at its heart, the case was about unchecked executive power.

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“This was about a President of the United States and his administration (thinking they) can enact such sweeping policy that was never given to them, that power, by Congress,” Moody said. “It was absolutely a win yesterday. Not only in this specific case, but for the separation of powers and principles on which this country was founded.”

While “elated” by the decision, Moody vowed to “continue to fight.”

“This isn’t the end,” Moody predicted. “You’re going to see more mandates, more attempts by this administration to encroach upon states, to obliterate the separation of powers. And in order to have a free society, a true democracy, you have to have people willing to fight and stand up, and we’ll continue to do that.”

If the ruling had gone the other way, meanwhile, Moody said it would have been “steroids” for the “radical, overreaching” Joe Biden administration.

Moody made the comments on “Mornings with Maria” on the Fox Business Channel.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


7 comments

  • PeterH

    January 14, 2022 at 10:51 am

    It really doesn’t matter what SCOTUS has stated. Companies have complied. Companies CAN IMPOSE mandates for vaccines and masks. Businesses CAN IMPOSED vaccination and masks AND THEY ARE. Biden’s ruling two months ago gave companies the cover to impose mandates AND THEY DID.

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    • Frankie M.

      January 14, 2022 at 3:04 pm

      Imagine if they had done this for the polio vaccine? Definitely could’ve thinned all these mouthbreathers from the herd.

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  • Alex

    January 14, 2022 at 11:14 am

    It’s sad our esteemed AG is an ignorant big mouth, but that’s par for the course in the GQP today.

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  • Beth

    January 15, 2022 at 5:42 am

    The same Moody who used FL taxpayer money to file lawsuits to promote the big lie of a traitor and help support his failed coup attempt. Yet she criticizes Biden for doing all he can to protect the citizens of the US from Covid. She is a disgrace to the legal profession.

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  • Tjb

    January 17, 2022 at 7:28 am

    If we are the freedom state because DeSantis wants no Covid vaccinations mandates, why do our children need to be vaccinated , as mandated by Florida, to attend school?

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  • Matthew Lusk

    January 19, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    The Ministry of Health. FAIL!!!🤒🤒🤒

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  • Andrew Finn

    January 19, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Ah, once again Moody has her beak open and bullshit is pouring out !!!!!!

    Reply

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