Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Temporarily Halted By Federal Court

A federal appeals court on Saturday temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s coronavirus vaccine mandate, suggesting it raises “grave statutory and constitutional issues.”

Last week, the White House announced a vaccine mandate run through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – or OSHA.

Companies with over 100 employees will face $14,000 fines for violating the vaccine mandate.

Workers will have to get vaccinated before January 1st, or be subject to COVID testing every week. Repeat offenders in private firms could be subject to fines reaching $136.532.

Along with a few other states and businesses, the Texas Attorney General submitted a petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Louisiana.

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Temporarily suspended

Three-judge panel was appointed to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals – one nominated by Ronald Reagan and the other two appointed by Donald Trump – delivered a temporary blow to Biden’s vaccine mandate.

The regulation is being blocked, according to a written order signed by the deputy clerk, “because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the mandate.”

The Biden administration now has until 5 p.m. Monday to respond to the group’s request for a permanent injunction regarding the vaccine mandate.

Texas’ Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton celebrated news of the temporary victory for freedom on social media.

“We won,” he tweeted Saturday. “Just this morning, citing ‘grave statutory and constitutional issues,’ the 5th Circuit stayed the mandate.”

Paxton added, “The fight is not over and I will never stop resisting this Admin’s unconstitutional overreach!”

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A Uphill Struggle for Biden

The New York Times is reporting that the stay issued by the federal appeals court signals an “uphill battle” for President Biden’s vaccine mandate.

The move, they write, “provided momentum for a wide coalition of opponents of the rule” though it is unclear if the court’s order represents a “procedural blip” or “the first step in the unwinding of the mandate.”

Florida has also sued the Biden vaccination mandate with regard to contractors.

“It’s important for us to take a stand,” Governor Ron DeSantis said. “Tossing people aside is just not something we can tolerate here in the state of Florida, so we are going to do everything we can.”

Court documents for that lawsuit describe the mandate as a “radical intrusion on the personal autonomy of American workers.”

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, a Democrat, recently announced that she too opposes President Biden’s vaccine mandate.

“Yesterday, I reviewed the new vaccine mandate from the Biden Administration,” she said in a statement released Friday.

“While I appreciate the intention to keep people safe, a goal I share, I don’t believe this directive is the correct, or the most effective, solution for Kansas,” Kelly added.

On Sunday, the White House was confident that the mandate for vaccines will be honored.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the forced vaccine is just “common sense.”

“I’m quite confident that when this finally gets fully adjudicated, not just a temporary order, the validity of this requirement will be upheld,” said Klain.

In September, President Biden slammed Americans for refusing to get vaccines against their will.

“We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” he said.


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