President Joe Biden’s attempt to mandate vaccinations for COVID-19 hit another roadblock this week after a federal judge blocked one of his executive orders.
According to Fox News, U.S. District Judge R. Stan Baker announced Tuesday that Biden exceeded his authority in demanding that all federal contractors receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The Court acknowledges the tragic toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought throughout the nation and the globe,” Baker said in his ruling.
“However, even in times of crisis this Court must preserve the rule of law and ensure that all branches of government act within the bounds of their constitutionally granted authorities,” the Trump-=appointee added.
Courts keep blocking
That decision, which applies nationwide, came following a challenge brought by contractors in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia.
Baker’s decision to shut down the federal contractor vaccine mandate represents the third recent legal defeat that the Biden administration has experienced regarding COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Last month, Fox News reported that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals voted to uphold an injunction blocking another executive order that required businesses with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated.
“The public interest is also served by maintaining our constitutional structure and maintaining the liberty of individuals to make intensely personal decisions according to their own convictions – even, or perhaps particularly, when those decisions frustrate government officials,” Judge Kurt Engelhardt wrote.
Manchin against mandates
Also, in November, a Louisiana federal judge blocked a third executive order — one that mandated healthcare workers to receive a COVID-19 vaccination to continue their employment.
Terry A. Doughty wrote at the time, “During a pandemic such as this one, it is even more important to safeguard the separation of powers set forth in our Constitution to avoid erosion of our liberties.”
Meanwhile, Fox reported on Monday that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has announced he will join with Republicans in voting for a resolution banning Biden’s vaccine mandates.
“I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses,” the moderate Senate Democrat said.