President Joe Biden’s administration has relentlessly pushed for wide-ranging COVID-19 vaccines, and last month announced that companies with over 100 employees would be subject to such mandates, with strict penalties for non-compliance.
However, according to Fox Business, the Biden administration suffered a massive legal blow on Saturday morning thanks to intervention from a Louisiana federal court, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), who filed suit against the Biden admin on Friday to block the mandate from taking effect.
Critics of the vaccine mandate argue that at its foundation, such a mandate is unconstitutional. Apparently, the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.
States fight back
“Because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate, the Mandate is hereby STAYED pending further action by this court,” the panel of federal judges ruled on Saturday, Politico reported.
The lawsuits, which were leveled against the Biden administration by a number of Republican-led states, religious groups, and other organizations, was just the tip of the iceberg, as more plaintiffs are expected to follow suit.
“Yesterday, I sued the Biden Admin over its unlawful OSHA vax mandate,” Paxton tweeted Saturday. “WE WON. Just this morning, citing ‘grave statutory and constitutional issues,’ the 5th Circuit stayed the mandate. The fight is not over and I will never stop resisting this Admin’s unconstitutional overreach!”
Politico detailed the various legal angles taken by states, groups, and companies who filed a number of lawsuits that all had the same intention. Some of them cited First Amendment violations, and others dialed in on the language used by the Biden admin to issue such a bizarre and unprecedented mandate.
“The federal government has no authority to force healthcare decisions on Georgia’s companies and its employees under the guise of workplace safety. We are fighting back against this unprecedented abuse of power to stop this mandate before it causes irreparable harm to our state and its economy,” said Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr (R) in a statement.
White House responds
Not surprisingly, when asked about the mandate and its constitutional viability, White House officials claimed that they have faith that the administration will ultimately prevail in the judicial system.
“As for the legal side of this, let me be crystal clear to avoid what appears to be possible misinformation or disinformation around the emergency temporary standard being a vaccine mandate,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
She added: “That would be on its face incorrect as has been explicit for months. It is a standard for safe workplace to either comply with weekly testing or to be vaccinated.”
Clearly, the White House, and Democrats in general — even after Tuesday’s election night bloodbath — still haven’t received the message that a majority of Americans are sick and tired of government overreach.