A Texas federal judge has blocked the Biden administration’s order for federal employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the latest setback to the administration’s pandemic response.
The ruling by Judge Jeffrey Brown stated that the order “amounts to a presidential mandate that all federal employees consent to vaccination against COVID-19 or lose their jobs.”
“Because the President’s authority is not that broad, the court will enjoin the second order’s enforcement,” wrote Brown, who was nominated to the federal bench by President Donald Trump.
Brown cited the Supreme Court’s decision last week that prevented the administration from enforcing a requirement that all businesses with at least 100 employees mandate that workers get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.
The Supreme Court did uphold vaccine mandates on most health care workers.
Brown claimed the administration’s order for federal workers was a “bridge too far” by allowing the White House “with a stroke of a pen or without the input of Congress, [to] require millions of federal employees to undergo a medical procedure as a condition of their employment.”
The Texas judge claimed the Biden administration’s order for federal workers was a “bridge too far.”Getty Images / Drew AngererThe Supreme Court recently blocked a mandate requiring businesses with more than 100 workers to order that their staffs be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.AFP / AFP v …