Federal Judge Rules Against Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

Federal Judge Rules Against Biden's Vaccine Mandate

(RepublicanPress.org) – On November 30, 2021, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new vaccination and masking requirements standards to slow the spread of COVID-19 in nationwide Head Start programs. Masking mandates for everyone ages 2-years and older went into effect at the end of November 2021, and the standard requires full vaccination for all head start workers by January 31, 2022. However, a federal judge from Louisiana’s Western District recently ruled against the directives.

On Saturday, January 1, District Judge Terry Doughty issued a temporary injunction blocking enforcement against the Biden administration’s mandates. Judge Doughty wrote in his opinion that administration officials violated the 10th Amendment by taking power away from the states. He also ruled the effort unlawfully violated administrative procedures and bypassed Congress in violation of the separation of powers.

Doughty said the decision regarding the mandates would be up to the higher courts. The judge stressed the importance of the matter and wrote that the “separation of powers has never been so thin.”

Doughty also pointed out that he doesn’t think the president should be able to put the mandate in place without Congress. Quoting President Ronald Reagan, he added that the most terrifying English words were “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

The injunction affects 24 states. Time will tell whether the pushback against the mandate is successful.

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