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Judge Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors

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A federal judge in Georgia temporarily blocked President Joe Biden’s vaccine requirement for federal contractors on Tuesday, setting the release of COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

The blockade across the country is the latest move to block the Biden administration from enforcing its mandates. The federal government was temporarily blocked by federal judges in Kentucky, Louisiana and Missouri this week from enforcing the obligations that millions of workers were subject to.

“While the Procurement Act clearly and without doubt bestows some authority upon the president however, the Court is not convinced at this point in litigation, that it authorized him to control the kinds of actions” that are in the executive order for the vaccine mandate, R. Stan Baker who is the U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Georgia, wrote in his decision.

He said that the mandate and its “resulting impact extend beyond both the purpose and the power conferred to the President under the Procurement Act.”

The Biden administration and Department of Justice will “vigorously defend” the case in the courtroom, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said in a press conference on Tuesday.

“We are confident in our ability legally to make these mandates be implemented across the nation,” she said.

The New York Times reports that all three of Biden’s vaccine mandates affecting private sector businesses have been blocked by the courts. The rulings of last week also blocked requirements for health workers and companies employing more than 100 employees.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services appealed the rulings in Louisiana and Missouri which affect health care workers, according to the newspaper.

The Department of Justice has also requested the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans to lift its ban on mandates for large companies, arguing that it’s within the authority of the administration to require employers to make their workers get vaccinated.

Many challenges to the mandates are currently pending in other courts, as the Timesreported. Some cases will be decided by the Supreme Court.

Sources:

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia Augusta Division: “Civil Action No. : 1:21-cv-163.”

C-SPAN: “White House Daily Briefing” Dec. 7, 2021.

The New York Times – “Here’s the latest on the court’s rulings on Biden’s mandates for vaccines.”

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