Samuel Case, FISM News
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate over the weekend, following a lawsuit against the administration.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton celebrated the ruling in a tweet on Saturday. “Just this morning, citing “grave statutory and constitutional issues,” the 5th Circuit stayed the mandate,” The AG tweeted.
Yesterday, I sued the Biden Admin over its unlawful OSHA vax mandate.
WE WON. Just this morning, citing “grave statutory and constitutional issues,” the 5th Circuit stayed the mandate. The fight is not over and I will never stop resisting this Admin’s unconstitutional overreach! pic.twitter.com/okt2vkNRKo
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) November 6, 2021
The court ruled that the mandate be “stayed pending further action.”
Before the court is the petitioners’ emergency motion to stay enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s November 5, 2021 Emergency Temporary Standard (the “Mandate”) pending expedited judicial review.
Because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate, the Mandate is hereby STAYED pending further action by this court.
The temporary hold is the first federal judicial response to the new OSHA guidelines, which requires companies with over 100 employees to vaccinate their staff by January 4, 2022. Under the guidelines, employers could be fined over $136,000 per “willful” violation.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry praised the court for placing the mandate on hold. “This is a great victory for the American people out there. Never before has the federal government tried in such a forceful way to get between the choices of an American citizen and their doctor. To me that’s the heart of the entire issue,” he said.
At least 27 states are now suing the Biden administration over the mandate.