SAN ANGELO – Representative Drew Darby joined Texans for Responsible Government (TRG) in an amicus brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court objecting to the Biden Administration’s overreaching and unprecedented vaccine mandate. The mandate that would affect 84 million workers was developed and is being enforced by the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety, and Health Administration (OSHA). The amicus brief filed by TRG and Republican members of the Texas House of Representatives challenges the constitutionality of the mandate and calls for it to be overturned.
The vaccine mandate issued by OSHA would compel private businesses with 100 employees or more to require all employees to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022, or face weekly COVID-19 testing. More than half the states, including Texas, have filed lawsuits challenging President Biden’s vaccine mandate. These states are joined by pro-business, educational, manufacturing, faith, labor, staffing, and medical interests and advocates challenging the order.
“This unconstitutional order by the Biden Administration isn’t about science or vaccines, it’s about mandates and government overreach,” said Representative Darby. “Individuals have the freedom to make this medical decision for themselves and their families, and they don’t need the government telling them what to do. I am proud to help lead this effort against the reckless policies of the Biden Administration and defend the individual liberties of all Texans,” Representative Darby said.
“The cases now pending with the federal court of appeals are the ballgame,” said Chris Britton, executive director of Texans for Responsible Government. “TRG, along with Representative Darby, stands solidly with the numerous businesses, teacher groups, states, and nonprofits fighting this federal overreach and assault on individual liberty.”
Last month, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans issued a ruling for a stay on the OSHA mandate. With heightened legal advocacy in Texas and other U.S. states, TRG and Texas House Leadership hope to see the mandate overturned permanently.
Drew is a small business owner, with offices throughout West Texas. He and his wife, Clarisa, have five children and nine grandchildren. They are members of the First Presbyterian Church of San Angelo