On Friday, a federal judge in Texas blocked President Biden’s federal employee vaccine mandate.
Background: President Biden previously enacted a vaccine mandate for all federal contractors, triggering a lawsuit from Feds for Medical Freedom.
Biden issued an order requiring about 3.5 million workers to get vaccinated by Nov. 22 or seek a religious or medical accommodation or face discipline or firing.
The President later also announced a vaccine mandate for private employers and healthcare workers. The order was blocked in January by the Supreme Court, however, it kept intact the mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services for some healthcare workers.
The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) employer mandate.
The Court voted 5-4 to keep the healthcare worker mandate.
What Happened: Federal Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was appointed by President Trump, ruled that the President’s mandate for federal contractors exceeded his authority.
The case is about “whether the President can, with the stroke of a pen and without the input of Congress, require millions of federal employees to undergo a medical procedure as a condition of their employment,” Brown wrote. (per The Hill)
What Comes Next: The Justice Department plans to appeal the ruling.