Federal Appeals Court Halts Biden Administration’s Vaccine Requirement
This is a major setback for the administration's safety efforts
A federal appeals court in New Orleans has halted the Biden administration’s vaccine or testing requirement for private businesses, delivering another political setback to one of the White House’s signature public health policies.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, helmed by one judge who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and two others who were appointed by President Donald Trump, issued the ruling Friday, after temporarily halting the mandate last weekend in response to lawsuits filed by Republican-aligned businesses and legal groups.
Calling the requirement a "mandate," the court said the rule, instituted through the Labor Department, "grossly exceeds OSHA's statutory authority," according to the opinion, written by Judge Kurt Engelhardt and joined by Judges Edith Jones and Stuart Duncan.
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