A federal judge in Georgia has blocked President Biden’s order that requires all federal contractors to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The Washington Examiner reports:
U.S. District Judge Stan Baker of Savannah, Georgia, issued the nationwide injunction against enforcing the mandate on Tuesday, Reuters reported . Baker ruled that President Joe Biden overstepped his authority when he issued the requirement that all federal contractors be fully vaccinated by Jan. 18. State attorneys general from Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia, in addition to a trade group that represents contractors, filed the suit.
The Biden administration has faced a series of legal barriers to enforcing mandatory vaccinations in the workplace. The requirement for contractors, which applies to roughly a quarter of the U.S. workforce, was blocked from enforcement in a Nov. 30 ruling by Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. That injunction only applied to Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio, however.
The administration also faces an uphill legal battle to enforce a vaccine mandate for all employees of companies with 100 or more people. A number of suits against the administration by GOP-led states were consolidated into a single case in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals based in Cincinnati, Ohio, a court whose bench is made up primarily of Republican presidential appointees.
This is the latest blow Biden has faced ina series of legal setbacks involving his vaccine mandates.