The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans just placed a block on Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for federal employees on Thursday, throwing a serious roadblock in the way of Biden's effort to jab the entire federal government with the Fauci ouchie.
(98% of federal government workers have already been vaccinated.)
The government attempted to argue that Joe Biden could essentially act as a private CEO and mandate his employees to get the experimental jab as a requirement for employment, and the appeals court disagreed with this argument. Ten out of the 16 judges voted to strike down the Biden dictate.
A Trump-appointed judge wrote the opinion on the case. A 3-judge panel earlier ruled in line with the Biden administration, but when it advanced to the full court, the Biden mandate was halted. This is in agreement with a ruling in January 2022 that also maintained Biden didn't have the authority to mandate the jab to federal employees.
The broader court majority agreed, saying federal law does not preclude court jurisdiction over cases involving "private, irreversible medical decisions made in consultation with private medical professionals outside the federal workplace."
An Obama judge disagreed (shocker) and claimed that the conservative judges haven't been able to explain why the Biden administration doesn't have this power that he assumes they have.
This, of course, is the opposite of how the court should work. The burden belongs with the Biden admin to prove they have this authority under the constitution. They can't do that and the court shouldn't just go along with it.
Thankfully there is a court in the US willing to stand up to this administrative overreach.