Court Freezes Biden’s COVID-19 Mandate.
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted an emergency stay on the enforcement of President Biden’s federal vaccine mandate after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed a lawsuit on Friday to stop the mandate.
The Biden Administration ordered that all employees of companies that employ 100 or more workers be vaccinated. They believe that increasing the vaccinated population would be the fastest way to end the pandemic. More than 750,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard Review Petition was filed with US Fifth Circuit Judges Jones, Duncan, and Engelhardt, who issued the emergency order “pending expedited judicial review.”
Filed Friday by Louisiana Secretary of State Jeff Landry, the lawsuit claims the mandate exceeds the administration’s legal authority and conflicts with the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Restoration Act of the United States. Religious freedom.
“Because the petitions give reason to believe that there are serious constitutional and statutory problems with the Mandate, the Mandate REMAINS pending further action by this court.”
27 states have filed lawsuits on various circuits to challenge the rule. However, the Biden administration claims that safety rules take precedence over state laws and will withstand any challenge that comes up in court. The violations include fines of nearly $ 14,000.
However, the Court did not publish today’s opinion and the order referred only to the emergency order.
The order requires the federal government to respond to the lawsuit by 5 p.m. Monday, and Landry file any response by 5 p.m. Tuesday.