WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court said it would hear challenges to President Biden’s vaccine mandate in a special hearing on Jan. 7.

The court order detailing the special hearing consolidates hearings for applications to stay the order in two cases, Biden v Missouri and Becerra v Louisiana, into one session.

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The stays have been deferred until oral arguments are presented.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott responded on Twitter and said, “If the Justices apply the Constitution they will strike down those mandates.”

Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is “confident in the legal authority for both policies and DOJ will vigorously defend both at the Supreme Court.”

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She continued, “Especially as the US faces the highly transmissible Omicron variant, it is critical to protect workers with vaccination requirements and testing protocols that are urgently needed. At a critical moment for the nation’s health, the OSHA vaccination or testing rule ensures that employers are protecting their employees and the CMS health care vaccination requirement ensures that providers are protecting their patients.”

CBSDFW.com Staff