Texas judge blocks Biden's federal worker vaccine mandate

A federal district court judge in Texas has blocked President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for federal workers, dealing the administration another stinging court defeat.

Judge Jeffrey Brown of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, a Trump appointee, said that the president's order exceeded his authority and harmed the "liberty interests of employees."

"The court notes at the outset that this case is not about whether folks should get vaccinated against COVID-19 — the court believes they should. It is not even about the federal government's power, exercised properly, to mandate vaccination of its employees," Brown wrote in his opinion.

"It is instead about whether the President can, with the stroke of a pen and without the input of Congress, require millions of federal employees to undergo a medical procedure as a condition of their employment. That, under the current state of the law as just recently expressed by the Supreme Court, is a bridge too far," he said.

The judge granted a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking Biden's order from taking effect.

Brown's order follows a Supreme Court decision earlier this month that struck down Biden's direction to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to mandate that businesses with 100 or more employees have their workers vaccinated against or regularly tested for COVID-19. In a 6-3 vote, the court declared that OSHA lacked the authority to impose such a mandate.

Biden's requirements that federal employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine or be fired, with no testing option, were estimated to impact more than 3.5 million federal workers. The mandate went into effect in November, and on Friday White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced that 98% of federal workers have complied.

"We are confident in our legal authority here," she said.

The Biden Department of Justice immediately said it would appeal the ruling.

The plaintiff in the suit is the group Feds for Medical Freedom, which represents federal employees opposed to the vaccine mandate. The Washington Examiner reported that the group consists of 39 unnamed federal workers across the government at the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Justice, State, and Treasury, as well as the CIA.

“I believe that our lawsuit is based on sound research and how the federal employment discrimination law has been developed over the past four decades,” Carol Thompson, an attorney for the plaintiff, told the Examiner Tuesday. "I do also see that this may be something that doesn't end at the federal district court level, given that there are different federal district courts coming out in different ways. I perceive it as being an issue that ultimately is possibly going to be seen by the Supreme Court, potentially."

White House Delays Enforcing Vaxx Coercion After Claiming Urgency For Months

The White House is directing federal agencies to halt suspending or firing employees over the COVID-19 jab despite promoting mandates as urgent for months.

DeSantis says 'we have to protect the jobs,' vows to sue Biden over vaccine mandate: 'You are trying to plunge people into destitution'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hammered President Joe Biden this week over the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The Republican governor of Florida vowed to sue the Biden administration over the vaccine mandate, and proclaimed that it is "fundamentally wrong to be taking people's jobs away," especially after they worked during the deadly pandemic.

"Let's not have Biden come in and effectively take away — threaten to take away — the jobs of people who have been working hard throughout this entire pandemic," DeSantis said during a Thursday press conference on monoclonal antibody treatments in Fort Myers, Florida. "I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job."

DeSantis maintained, "We have a responsibility at the state level to do whatever we need to do to protect Floridians from mandates that could result in them losing their jobs. We have to protect the jobs of Floridians."

DeSantis highlighted the health care workers who worked on the frontlines during the pandemic — the same workers that Biden previously called "heroes" — who would lose their jobs because of Biden's vaccine mandate.

"I just think its fundamentally wrong to be taking people's jobs away particularly given the situation that we see ourselves facing with the economy where you need people in a lot of these key areas," DeSantis remarked. "What's going to happen with these hospitals if these mandates are allowed to go in, where they already need more nurses?"

At another news conference on Friday, DeSantis continued to skewer Biden's vaccine mandate. DeSantis picked apart Biden's comments from this week, where the president said the vaccine mandates shouldn't "divide us."

Biden said on Thursday, "Let's be clear: Vaccination requirements should not be another issue that divides us. That's why we continue to battle the misinformation that's out there and companies and communities are stepping up as well to combat this misinformation."

DeSantis postured that taking away people's livelihood ignites divisiveness.

The Florida governor asserted, "Just think of Biden, he says, 'Don't make the vaccines divisive.' Don't make the vaccines divisive? You are trying to take peoples' jobs away over this issue. You are trying to plunge people into destitution."

"You are taking away their livelihoods. Nobody else is doing that. You are the one that's being divisive about this," he stated.

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"No one should lose their job over these shots," DeSantis stated. "I think we want to protect people's jobs. These are folks that have been working throughout this whole time. They were put in situations where they were exposing themselves to risks knowingly to help others, and they did that, and we considered them heroes just a year ago. Now you're going to let them go by the wayside?"

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DeSantis pledged to sue the Biden administration over a forthcoming rule requiring private businesses with 100 workers or more to force their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration-enforced rule would reportedly affect more than 130,000 U.S. businesses and apply to roughly two-thirds of the private sector workforce.

"We are going to contest that immediately. We think the state of Florida has standing to do it and we also know businesses that we're going to work with to contest it," DeSantis said. "I think the mandate is going lose in court."

DeSantis said that Florida-based lawsuits against federal vaccine mandates will be filed in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Monday that prohibits mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations in the Lone Star State.

"The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced," Abbott said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the White House stressed that the Biden administration would push for a nationwide vaccine mandate despite Texas and Florida opposing them.

"These requirements are promulgated by federal law, so when the president announced his vaccine mandates for businesses — that, of course, we're waiting on OSHA regulations for as a next step — that was pursuant to federal law," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

"Our intention is to implement and continue to work to implement these requirements across the country, including in the states where there are attempts to oppose them," she added.

"Governor Abbott's executive order banning mandates and, I would also note, the announcement by Gov. DeSantis this morning essentially banning the implementation of mandates, fit a familiar pattern that we've seen of putting politics ahead of public health," Psaki claimed.

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Horowitz: What we expect from GOP governors and legislators in this crisis

This is it. This is why our founders created a layered approach to government — for this very nightmare scenario we are confronted with today. The question is whether the Republican governors and legislators will rise to the occasion.

We all knew this was coming. Yesterday, the Biden regime announced a full federal requirement to get the waning, leaky, and risky COVID shots that are so ineffective that they already need a third shot. In following Israel's lead, the Biden administration is not only mandating the shot on the federal workforce, but anyone who works for a private company with more than 100 employees. But the difference is that, unlike in Israel, we have state governors who can and must interpose between the feds and the people.

There has quite literally never been anything this tyrannical foisted upon us in our lifetime. The shots come with a tremendous amount of risk, particularly to those who already had the virus, which in parts of the country is already a majority of people. They haven't even fully studied the effects on pregnant women, menstrual cycles, and myocarditis in young people, yet the mandate is preceding the science.

At the same time, it is very likely that the mass vaccination with a leaky vaccine is causing a quasi-Marek's disease enhancement syndrome, which can make the virus even worse, under what is known as the "imperfect vaccine hypothesis." As PBS noted in a 2015 article on the leaky chicken vaccine, which causes vaccinated birds to transmit the virus to unvaccinated birds and kill them with higher viral loads, the Marek's disease vaccine "has helped this chicken virus become uniquely virulent." Sound similar to what we are experiencing today in Israel with a worse viral spread than ever before?

As PBS noted, "To test the imperfect vaccine hypothesis in humans, you would need [to] monitor the vaccine response for either a large or isolated population for a long time. … Does the vaccine merely reduce symptoms, or does it also keep patients from getting infected and transmitting the virus?"

Well, we already have the answer to that in the first human vaccine in human history to not only be used in middle of a pandemic, but to be leaky and very narrow spectrum. How can this be continued without first ruling out the growing prospect that the mass vaccination with a flawed shot is making the pandemic worse?

This is where the red states come into play. Republicans hold 27 governorships, 23 trifectas, and 19 supermajorities in state legislatures. The governors in those states must immediately convene emergency sessions of the state legislatures and request that they pass a bill prohibiting the implementation of the federal mandate within the states. While they are at it, they should also punish any medical board or pharmacy that gets in the way of the true solution to COVID, which is early treatment with cheap repurposed drugs. To put teeth into their new state laws, legislators must empower state troopers and the National Guard to arrest any federal employee or agent seeking to enforce a mandate violating human rights.

How much longer will these elected Republicans sit out the Super Bowl of liberty vs. tyranny? These same governors and state legislatures allowed our economies to be destroyed, trillions of dollars to be flushed on worthless and painful voodoo measures, and individual liberty to be crushed, only to make the virus worse than ever before. They got the lockdowns, they got the masks, and they got endless payouts to Big Pharma for dangerous drugs like remdesivir while crushing any cheap therapeutics. Now, they have very high vaccination rates in most parts of the country and are demanding boosters. They had their chance to experiment with our liberties; now it's time for any red state worth its name to pull the plug on the tyranny.

No, "see you in court" is not the appropriate response to this tyranny, Gov. Noem. More must be done.

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The courts have already greenlit vaccine mandates. They have not only sided with COVID fascism for a year and a half — including blocking lifesaving treatment for people without options — they are now upholding "rights" of county governments to violate people's bodily integrity. So, the same courts that ignore any lawsuit on mask and vaccine mandates will immediately grant an injunction to county governments who seek to upend decisions made by governors and state legislatures to protect freedom.

Indeed, the courts are part of the problem. If the federal government declared that all employers must ban people of a certain race or creed from employment, would state governments cry to the courts? No! The governors would discover their executive powers and teach a civics lesson in Federalist #33. In that essay, written by none other than Alexander Hamilton, the chief proponent of federal power himself makes it clear that the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution only applies to lawful federal powers.

"It will not follow from this doctrine that acts of the large society which are NOT PURSUANT to its constitutional powers, but which are invasions of the residuary authorities of the smaller societies, will become the supreme law of the land," wrote Hamilton in Federalist #33.

James Madison in Federalist #46 explains the recipe for how to accomplish this. Madison predicted that a federal encroachment would easily be mitigated by state action, because "the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand." What is the winning formula?

The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps, refusal to co-operate with the officers of the Union; the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassments created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, difficulties not to be despised; would form, in a large State, very serious impediments; and where the sentiments of several adjoining States happened to be in unison, would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.

Indeed, this is what happened with the sanctuary movement for illegal aliens. There is no more legitimate federal power than protecting the national sovereignty from invaders, yet the states that were united behind protecting illegal aliens were able to thwart ICE at every turn. Deportations in California plummeted to a near standstill during Trump's presidency because of the success of this movement. Ultimately, local government predominates ... when it wants to.

So, if leftist local governments are capable of creating a sanctuary on behalf of illegal alien sex offenders and gang members, why can't Republicans secure a sanctuary to protect the bodily integrity of Americans?

President Biden announces sweeping vaccine mandate for employees of large businesses; plan will affect more than 80 million Americans

President Joe Biden announced on Thursday a sweeping vaccination mandate for large businesses that would affect more than 80 million Americans.

Biden's mandate will require employees to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing for the coronavirus. It will apply to companies with more than 100 workers. He pointed out that many companies already enforce the rule.

The president said that he was enacting the plan because of a recent spike of the pandemic due to the Delta variant.

"We're in a tough stretch," Biden said, "and it's gonna last for a while."

He went on to say that he would issue an executive order that would call for federal workers and contractors to get vaccinated without any exception. This would apply to another 18 million Americans.

"If you want to do business with the federal government, get your workforce vaccinated," Biden said.

Biden went on to say that the 80 million Americans who remain unvaccinated are causing a lot of damage by using up available hospital bed space.

"This isn't about freedom, or personal choice, it's about protecting those people around you, and the people you love," said Biden.

"My message to unvaccinated Americans is this: What more is there to wait for?" he asked rhetorically. "What more do you need to see? We've made vaccinations free, safe and convenient. We've been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us."

Critics of the Biden administration will no doubt cite the various times that Biden officials and health officials have promised there would be no federal vaccine mandate.

In July, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said it was not the federal government's role to issue vaccine mandates.

In August, Dr. Anthony Fauci said there would not be a federal vaccine mandate while calling on local governments and businesses to issue their own mandates.

"This is very serious business," Fauci said at the time. "You would wish that people would see why it's so important to get vaccinated. But you're not going to get mandates centrally from the federal government."

Here's more about Biden's vaccine mandate:

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Biden to remove testing option for federal workers, will require vaccinations for all

President Joe Biden will reportedly announce new vaccine and mask mandates Thursday afternoon when he delivers a speech introducing his six-point plan to battle the COVID-19 Delta variant.

White House officials speaking to various news outlets say the president will announce additional federal vaccine mandates, call on the private sector to implement mandates as well, and increase coronavirus testing in schools.

In July, Biden mandated that federal workers get vaccinated or submit to regular COVID-19 testing to keep their jobs. The Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Indian Health Service, and National Institutes of Health have each mandated vaccinations, affecting an estimated 2.5 million workers.

But according to NBC News, the president will announce today that the testing option will no longer be available: Federal workers and contractors with the government must get vaccinated or lose their jobs.

Previewing the president's address, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told MSNBC on Thursday that the president will encourage employers and local governments to adopt similar requirements.

"He's going to build on our mandates requirements, making it so that workers in the federal government or others have to get vaccinated, we've seen that work," Psaki said.

"We can't declare with a magic wand from the federal government that every person has to be vaccinated. School districts can do that, leaders and states can push their school districts to do that. That's important, companies can do that and make those requirements for their employees," she added. "That's something some larger companies have done, and that's a model. So those are all pieces the president will talk about today."

The president will also announce an increased effort to implement free COVID-19 testing in schools. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends regular testing as a "safe, effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep schools open for in-person learning."

Biden is also expected to comment on COVID-19 booster shots, but CNN reports he will not make any new announcements on when additional vaccine doses will be authorized for Americans.

The six points of Biden's plan include: vaccinating the unvaccinated; further protecting the vaccinated through booster shots; keeping schools open; increasing testing and requiring masks; protecting the economic recovery; and improving care for those with COVID-19.

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At the beginning of summer, Biden told the American people that the advent of COVID-19 vaccines would allow "a summer of freedom" to begin on July 4, as pre-pandemic life was hoped to return as more Americans became vaccinated against COVID-19. But the increased contagiousness of the Delta variant, as well as the inefficacy of vaccines to prevent transmission of it, led to a summertime surge of coronavirus cases that caused public health officials to backpedal expectations, claiming that too few Americans were vaccinated for a return to the pre-pandemic normal.

The CDC re-issued guidance that even vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors in areas with high levels of COVID-19 transmission. School reopening for in-person learning became highly controversial as public health officials wanted universal mask requirements and were met with resistance from parents and Republican governors who required that mask mandates include an opt-out for parents who don't want their kids to be forced to wear face coverings all day long.

The new six-point plan is an effort by the Biden administration to regroup after the initial push for vaccinations failed to "shut down the virus," as he promised on the campaign trail in 2020.

Postal workers' union opposes Biden's plan to mandate vaccines for federal employees

Ahead of President Joe Biden's expected announcement of a new requirement for federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the AFL-CIO-affiliated American Postal Workers Union said Wednesday it opposes vaccine mandates.

"Maintaining the health and safety of our members is of paramount importance. While the APWU leadership continues to encourage postal workers to voluntarily get vaccinated, it is not the role of the federal government to mandate vaccinations for the employees we represent," the union said in a statement.

"Issues related to vaccinations and testing for COVID-19 in the workplace must be negotiated with the APWU. At this time the APWU opposes the mandating of COVID-19 vaccinations in relation to U.S. postal workers."

Various news outlets reported Wednesday that Biden will require federal employees to show that they've been vaccinated or be forced to undergo regular COVID-19 testing to keep their jobs. Speaking to reporters that day, Biden said a federal vaccine mandate was under consideration and "if you're not vaccinated, you're not nearly as smart as I thought you were."

"We have a pandemic because of the unvaccinated, and they're sowing enormous confusion. And the more we learn — the more we learn about this virus and the Delta variation, the more we have to be worried and concerned," said Biden. "And only one thing we know for sure: If those other hundred million people got vaccinated, we'd be in a very different world."

Mandates, though enormously unpopular with the American people, have in recent weeks been discussed by government and public health officials as the only means of ensuring enough Americans get vaccinated against COVID to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

According to the New York Times vaccine tracker, 57.6% of Americans eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine (age 12 and up) have been fully vaccinated, while 66.8% have received at least one vaccine dose. Public health officials say 70% to 90% of Americans need to be vaccinated before the U.S. will reach the level of herd immunity necessary to end the pandemic.

However, many Americans remain hesitant to take the vaccines and say nothing will persuade them to get vaccinated. Some are concerned about the risks of possible side effects and the fact that the FDA technically has not approved any of the vaccines.

The various COVID-19 vaccines widely used in the U.S. have received emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration during the pandemic. Though more than 338 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the U.S. and coronavirus cases have plummeted, the FDA has yet to fully approve the vaccines.

Now, with cases rising again, physicians and scientists are urging the FDA to speedily approve the vaccines, noting that their widespread use has effectively reduced severe COVID-19 cases (those that put people in the hospital) with extremely rare instances of side effects. FDA approval could mean, however, that businesses and state governments will feel comfortable mandating vaccination for their employees.