A federal court on Dec. 7 blocked President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors.
Georgia and other plaintiffs suing Biden over the mandate “will likely succeed in their claim that the president exceeded the authorization given to him by Congress,” U.S. District Judge R. Stan Baker, a Trump nominee, wrote in a 28-page decision agreeing to enter a preliminary injunction.
Baker barred Biden and his administration from enforcing the mandate in any state, an expansion of a Nov. 30 ruling that applied to just three states.
The mandate was going to take effect on Jan. 4, 2022, unless it was blocked by the courts. The deadline, originally delayed in November, was initially set for Dec. 8.
“Yet another one of President Biden’s vaccine mandates has been temporarily shut down because the states—including Idaho—took a stand against his unprecedented government overreach into Americans’ lives and businesses.” Idaho Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, said in a Dec. 7 statement.
Idaho, six other states, and the University of Georgia’s Board of Regents sued over the mandate in October, called Biden’s order illegal and overbroad.
The parties wrote in their suit: “The mandate, as the federal government has conceived, and thus far implemented, applies not only to contractor employees working on federal contracts, but also any employee that may have contact with someone working on a federal contract (even if that contact is nothing more than walking past them outside, in a parking lot). There are no exceptions for employees that work alone, outside, or even exclusively remotely.”