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Thorner: Dems push to enforce Biden’s mandate with $700,000 fines


By Nancy Thorner - 

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.   
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 employee. 
As Adam Andrzejewski noted in Forbes
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. If enacted into law ,vax enforcement could bankrupt non-compliant companies even more quickly than the $14,000 OSHA fine anticipated under Biden’s announced mandate.
The spending proposal before Congress has the support of a majority of House Democrats, but has so far not won over enough Senate Democrats to allow for passage there, even under a procedural gimmick that would allow the bill to pass with all Republicans opposed.


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