President Joe Biden proposed sweeping vaccine mandates as part of his big idea to fight COVID-19. Now they’re being struck down on several fronts.
A Texas federal judge blocked Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal employees Friday, Breitbart reported. This comes on the heels of a ruling against the president’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration vaccine mandate that was blocked earlier this month.
The case went before Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, in the U.S. District Court in Galveston, Texas. He determined that the mandate for federal employees was an overreach and that his decision against it was 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.
“Because the President’s authority is not that broad, the court will enjoin the second order’s enforcement,” Brown said in his decision. The U.S. Department of Justice has already promised to appeal Brown’s ruling.
The administration also doubled down on its insistence that the mandates would somehow prevail. “We are confident in our legal authority here,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a news briefing Friday. She further claimed it was “remarkable” that only 2% of federal workers remained unvaccinated to date.
The earlier ruling on the OSHA mandate was similarly blocked on the grounds of lack of authority. That hasn’t stopped the administration from promising to keep pushing for it, even if it comes from the heads of companies and not the government.
“The court has ruled that my administration cannot use the authority granted to it by Congress to require this measure,” the president complained. “But that does not stop me from using my voice as president to advocate for employers to do the right thing to protect Americans’ health and economy.”
The courts continue to push back against government overreach as more Americans grow weary of these measures. Regardless of how hard the administration tries, their power to enforce these restrictions has been severely limited — and that’s a good thing for Americans.