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Is The "Workaround" Working? Fourth Court Enjoins Biden Vaccine Mandate

Added 12-08-21 08:55:02am EST - “A U.S. district court in Georgia became the fourth court to enjoin a Biden Administration vaccine mandate this week.? As with the other trial and appellate courts, District Judge R. Stan Baker foun?” - Jonathanturley.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Jonathanturley.org: “Is The “Workaround” Working? Fourth Court Enjoins Biden Vaccine Mandate”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A U.S. district court in Georgia became the fourth court to enjoin a Biden Administration vaccine mandate this week.  As with the other trial and appellate courts, District Judge R. Stan Baker found that President Biden has exceeded his authority in mandating the vaccine for all federal contractors. In the meantime, outgoing New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio has ordered all private workers to be vaccinated. All of these mandates are on course for a showdown in the Supreme Court where three justices have already expressed skepticism over the mandates.

Biden issued an executive order on Sept. 9 that required contractors to ensure their workers are vaccinated against Covid and enforcing mask and social distancing policies. Contractors were given until Dec. 8 to comply but that was later extended to Jan. 4.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia granted a preliminary injunction in favor of the Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade group that represents the construction industry. To do so, the court had to find that the challengers were likely to prevail on the merits in arguing that President Biden does not have this authority under the Procurement Act.

Judge Baker wrote “In its practical application, it operates as a regulation of public health. It will also have a major impact on the economy at large, as it limits contractors’ and members of the workforce’s ability to perform work on federal contracts. Accordingly, it appears to have vast economic and political significance.” 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki insisted that the Biden Administration is “confident in our ability legally to make these happen across the country.” While the Administration could certainly prevail on appeal, the confidence remains an exercise of hope over experience in such litigation.

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