WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTWO/WAWV) — The US Supreme Court stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a large businesses COVID-19 vaccine/testing requirement on Thursday, and many local elected officials offered their responses to the news.

A collection of the official statements released by Indiana and Illinois representatives can be found below.

Rep. Larry Bucshon of Indiana:

“I agree with the Supreme Court’s decision to reject the imposition of vaccine mandates for private businesses. The administration, through OSHA, clearly did not have the legal authority to mandate that Hoosier businesses force their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Although I support vaccination and encourage all Hoosiers to consult their physician and get vaccinated, I strongly oppose the mandate and applaud the Supreme Court for upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ individual freedom to get vaccinated or not.”

Bucshon’s official response to the SCOTUS decision

Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana:


Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate for private employees has been struck down, with help from our objection in the Senate which was referenced in the majority opinion.

Braun’s Twitter response to the SCOTUS decision

Sen. Todd Young of Indiana:

Ill-timed, ill-advised and illegal were the three words I’ve used to describe President Biden’s employer vaccine mandate. I’m pleased that the Supreme Court recognized that the President’s Administration cannot act unilaterally to enact onerous regulations Congress has not authorized. This is a win for our system of checks and balances.”

Young’s social media response to the SCOTUS decision

Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois:

“This is a HUGE win for the American people. President Biden’s vaccine mandate was clearly illegal and unconstitutional, but his radical administration tried to force it through anyway.”

“Never forget that Biden tried to fire millions of struggling Americans from their jobs.”

Miller’s social media response to the SCOTUS decision

Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin have both not provided an official response to the SCOTUS decision at the time of this posting.