Appeals Court Blocks Biden Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors

Dec 21, 2022 | Political News

On Monday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Biden Administration’s rule mandating that all federal contractors receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the 5th Circuit’s three-judge panel voted by a 2-1 margin to uphold a prior decision by a lower court that blocked the rule, first implemented by the Biden White House in September of 2021. That ruling came as a result of a lawsuit by the states of Indiana, Louisiana, and Mississippi seeking the overturning of the mandate.

In the ruling, the Appeals Court said that Biden only wanted to implement the mandate “to ratify an exercise of proprietary authority that would permit him to unilaterally impose a healthcare decision on one-fifth of all employees in the United States. We decline to do so.”

The ruling marks the latest major blow against Biden’s vaccine mandate efforts. Back in January, the Supreme Court ultimately overturned Biden’s attempt at forcing such a vaccine mandate on all private companies with 100 employees or more, dictating that all companies either get their employees vaccinated or have them take weekly COVID tests. The court ruled 6-3 that the order exceeded the authority of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) because it was not first approved by Congress.