‘Bad day for needle lovers’: Court delivers Biden another blow on vaccine mandate for federal workers

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President Biden has been on quite a roll when it comes to the courts ruling on his vaccine mandates, and not in a good way — at least, for him anyway.

The president’s latest setback took place on Friday, when a federal court in Texas issued an injunction against his COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal workers, saying Biden overstepped his presidential powers, Government Executive reported.

The ruling paused implementation of a requirement that affected more than 2 million civilian servants, and comes on the heels of the Supreme Court striking down Biden’s executive order requiring private-sector employers with more than 100 workers to insist on vaccines or have workers test regularly.

Judge Jeffrey Brown, appointed by President Trump to the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Texas, called the federal mandate “a bridge too far.”

“It is instead 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. “That, under the current state of the law as just recently expressed by the Supreme Court, is a bridge too far.”

Biden announced in September that more than 3.5 million federal workers were required to get vaccinated, and that those who were approved for medical or religious exemptions would have to undergo regular testing.

The White House had previously stated that 92% of federal workers were vaccinated and that 95% were in compliance either by taking the jab or having requested an exemption.

While the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to strike down the administration using the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to coerce private-sector employees to get vaccinated, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the court’s leftists to preserve President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for health care workers.

For conservative activist Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, the judge’s ruling Friday strikes another blow in favor of freedom.

Here’s a quick sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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