President Joe Biden just can’t seem to catch a break. Only eight days after the Supreme Court set fire to the president’s vaccine mandate requiring companies with more than 100 employees to force their workers to get vaxxed, a federal judge has ruled that he could not compel federal personnel to take the jab.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Brown said in his Friday order that at issue was 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.”
He added, “That, under the current state of the law as just recently expressed by the Supreme Court, is a bridge too far.”
The lawsuit challenging the federal vax mandate was brought by a group called Feds for Medical Freedom.
Federal judge places a preliminary injunction (a block) on a Biden executive order, saying that order "amounts to a presidential mandate that all federal employees consent to vaccination against COVID-19 or lose their jobs" but that "the President’s authority is not that broad." pic.twitter.com/WTVwldDHV7
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The judge stressed that his ruling was predicated on President Biden’s lack of authority to issue the mandate and not “about whether folks should get vaccinated,” indicating that “the court believes they should.”
The vast majority of federal employees are already in compliance with the mandate, according to the White House. About 92.5 percent of federal workers have taken at least one injection.
The original federal employee mandate took effect in November as part of a series of measures the Biden administration imposed ostensibly to stop the spread of the coronavirus. From the moment the president announced he would be enacting these rules, he received pushback, largely from the right. Forbes noted that “[t]he controversial mandates have faced heavy pushback in court—even as they remain largely popular with the American public—and judges have now ruled at some point against all four orders.”
When the Supreme Court stayed Biden’s mandate on businesses, it allowed the requirement for healthcare workers to stand. The Department of Justice declared it would appeal Judge Brown’s ruling.