CV NEW FEED // House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, has inserted a provision into the controversial $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better Act” which would empower the government to fine employers over half-a-million dollars per infraction if they don’t enforce President Biden’s vaccination mandate for employees.
“On Saturday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House quietly tucked an enforcement mechanism into their $3.5 trillion ‘reconciliation’ bill, passed it out of the Budget Committee, and sent it to the House floor,” Forbes reported:
Buried on page 168 of the House Democrats’ 2,465-page mega bill is a tenfold increase in fines for employers that “willfully,” “repeatedly,” or even seriously violate a section of labor law that deals with hazards, death, or serious physical harm to their employees.
If the provision remains in the bill and the legislation is passed, the increased fines on employers “could run as high as $70,000 for serious infractions, and $700,000 for willful or repeated violations—almost three-quarters of a million dollars for each fine,” according to Forbes.
These enforcements would have the power to “bankrupt non-compliant companies even more quickly than the $14,000 OSHA fine” which the Biden administration has threatened to begin collecting soon.
The Democrats’ proposed increase in fines has gone unnoticed by some. Others who caught the House’s quiet move, however, are furiously denouncing it. “No way,” tweeted Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr when he heard the news:
We will not let the Biden administration bankrupt businesses and kill jobs with unconstitutional mandates! As attorney general, I promise you Georgia will lead the fight to stop this dangerous overreach.
“If its provision becomes law, the Biden administration may force American businesses to choose between vaccinating their employees, testing them weekly for Covid-19, or going bankrupt under crippling OSHA fines,” Forbes concluded. “Republicans might want to read page 168 of the Democrats’ bill.”
Readers can find the full Forbes report here.