- President Joe Biden issued a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for federal contractors.
- US District Choose Gregory Van Tatenhove granted a request to halt Biden’s mandate on Tuesday.
- Tatenhove stated Biden exceeded his authority when he issued the mandate.
The Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for federal contractors obtained one other blow from US District Choose Gregory Van Tatenhove, who granted a request Tuesday to dam the federal mandate in three further states: Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.
“As soon as once more, the court docket is requested to wrestle with vital constitutional values implicated within the midst of a pandemic that lingers,” Tatenhove wrote in his ruling, which was obtained by CNN. “However proper now, the enforcement of the contract provisions on this case have to be paused.”
By issuing the mandate, Tatenhove decided that Biden exceeded his authority underneath the Federal Property and Administrative Companies Act, even for a “good trigger” like slowing the unfold of COVID-19.
“Whereas the statute grants to the president nice discretion, it strains credulity that Congress meant the FPASA, a procurement statute, to be the idea for promulgating a public well being measure resembling necessary vaccination,” Tatenhove wrote in his ruling.
The choice is the newest in a string of rulings in opposition to the vaccination mandate.
On Monday, Choose Matthew Schelp of the Japanese District of Missouri issued a preliminary injunction for staff at Medicare- and Medicaid-certified medical amenities in 10 states. One other ruling from a US federal appeals court docket in early November froze Biden’s mandate requiring companies with no less than 100 staff to get vaccinated or examined weekly.