A federal court brought President Joe Biden’s tyrannical COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors to a screeching halt – ruling on Tuesday that the mandate could not be enforced.
Georgia and other plaintiffs suing Biden over the mandate “will likely succeed in their claim that the president exceeded the authorization given to him by Congress,” U.S. District Judge R. Stan Baker, a Trump nominee, wrote in a 28-page decision agreeing to enter a preliminary injunction.
Baker barred Biden and his administration from enforcing the mandate in any state, an expansion of a Nov. 30 ruling that applied to just three states.
The mandate was slated to take effect on Jan. 4, 2022, unless it was blocked by the courts. The deadline, originally delayed in November, was initially set for Dec. 8.
“Yet another one of President Biden’s vaccine mandates has been temporarily shut down because the states—including Idaho—took a stand against his unprecedented government overreach into Americans’ lives and businesses.” Idaho Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Idaho, six other states, and the University of Georgia’s Board of Regents sued over the mandate in October, called Biden’s order illegal and overbroad.
The parties wrote in their suit: “The mandate, as the federal government has conceived, and thus far implemented, applies not only to contractor employees working on federal contracts, but also any employee that may have contact with someone working on a federal contract (even if that contact is nothing more than walking past them outside, in a parking lot). There are no exceptions for employees that work alone, outside, or even exclusively remotely.”
“Without a preliminary injunction, companies without enough vaccinated employees would be forced to choose between firing them and losing government contracts,” they added in a motion for an injunction.
Government lawyers later urged the court not to block the mandate, arguing there was “no reason to rush” on the matter since the mandate deadline had been delayed.
Courts had already enjoined other Biden administration mandates, including one for private-sector employees and one for the majority of the health care workers in the country.
Judges have cast doubt on the legality of the mandates.
The orders have already led to the Biden administration suspending enforcement of the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandate, which covered some 84 million workers, and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mandate, which covered more than 17 million workers.
The administration, meanwhile, has been pressuring companies to move forward with rolling out the vaccine mandates despite the court orders.
“Nothing has changed” in terms of messaging to companies, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington last month.
Some Democrats, however, have noticed the losses in court piling up and have begun questioning the mandates altogether.
Speaking to the Daily News in Greenville, Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expressed concern that vaccine mandates like the one proposed by Biden could lead to a dearth of government employees at the state level.
“We’re an employer too, the state of Michigan is,” Whitmer said on Monday.”I know if that mandate happens, we’re going to lose state employees. That’s why I haven’t proposed a mandate at the state level. Some states have. We have not. We’re waiting to see what happens in court.”
Democrat Sen. Jon Tester of Montana also indicated that he will vote along with Republicans to nullify Biden’s mandate,
“I’m not crazy about mandates,” Tester told NBC News on Tuesday.
Sen. Joe Manchin also announced last week that he does “not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses.”
“I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses. That’s why I have cosponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses,” Manchin said.
Author: Eric Walkins