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BREAKING: Texas federal judge temporarily blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal employees Ruling temporarily blocks enforcement of mandates while litigation continues; big props
federal judge in Texas Friday blocked federal government from enforcing Biden's vaccine mandate for federal employees, arguing that he didn't have the authority to do so "with the stroke of a pen"
“Judge Jeffrey Brown, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, wrote in a 20-page ruling that Biden’s executive 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,” read Brown’s ruling in U.S. District Court in Galveston, Texas.
The judge cited last week’s Supreme Court opinion blocking a federal rule that would have required workers at large companies to either get vaccinated or face weekly Covid testing. At the same time, the high court voted to allow a separate vaccine mandate for medical facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid payments.
Brown’s ruling said it was a “bridge too far” to let the president, “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.”