Looks like Emperor Biden just received a massive reality check.
While the current occupant of the Oval Office may like to think of himself as America’s Xi, it appears that the judicial system Biden frequently likes to dismiss has interfered (again) with his rather arbitrary vaccine mandate.
Specifically, on November 12, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed both the implementation and enforcement of Biden’s “COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard” until the legality of such a mandate can be fully assessed.
The Fifth Circuit panel also wrote a rather blistering analysis of the vaccine mandate, likening it to a “sledgehammer.”
“The Mandate is a one-size-fits-all sledgehammer that makes hardly any attempt to account for differences in workplaces (and workers) that have more than a little bearing on workers’ varying degrees of susceptibility to the supposedly ‘grave danger’ the Mandate purports to address.” [Source: Breitbart]
A “sledgehammer” is perhaps one of the more accurate descriptions of the Biden administration, especially with its fixation on “domestic terrorist” parents while the Taliban simultaneously profits from multiple billions worth of U.S. weaponry and military hardware.
Humor regarding the sledgehammer aside, it is safe to say that the Biden administration is not overly enamored with the Fifth Circuit Court’s ruling, particularly in light of the immediate fallout from this decision.
In a rather hilarious turn of events, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) has abruptly suspended the implementation of COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
“While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigation.” [Source: The Blaze]
Needless to say, this ruling puts the Biden administration in a serious snag as far as its plans for widespread vaccination are concerned.
On top of the OHSA’s bucking of the Biden administration’s own vaccine mandate, a minimum of 27 other states have also openly challenged the COVID vaccine mandate in various courts, especially since the mandate encapsulates enormous federal overreach.
These states are also undoubtedly delighted with the rather abrupt turn of events as far as the OHSA’s imminent vaccine implementation is concerned, as evidenced by the gleeful commentary of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Twitter.
“Citing Texas’s ‘compelling argument[s],’ the 5th Circuit has stayed OSHA’s unconstitutional and illegal private-business vaccine mandate. WE WON! Litigation will continue, but this is a massive victory for #Texas and for FREEDOM from Biden’s tyranny and lawlessness.” [Source: Breitbart]
Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) also rejoiced in the Fifth Circuit Court’s decision, noting that Biden’s vaccine mandate clearly runs contrary to the Constitution (you know, the same Constitution that woke college students apparently want to abolish).
In addition, Braun also pointed out that all fifty Republicans in the Senate will be leading a major challenge against the Biden admin’s vaccine mandate, specifically under the Congressional Review Act.
“President Biden’s vaccine mandate is an unconstitutional invasion of what should be a personal medical decision for every American and an affront to the rights of 80 million American workers …
Today, my Republican colleagues and I will formally challenge this federal overreach, and I urge the Senate to vote in favor of this disapproval resolution when it comes to the Floor for a filibuster-proof, simple-majority vote in early December.” [Source: Fox News]
An aide to the GOP revealed that the Republicans’ united front may well lead to an even bigger loss for the Biden administration, especially if just one Democrat defection is achieved.
“If this level of support holds in the House, it would force President Biden to veto a disapproval resolution for his mandate that has already been under siege in the courts and the court of public opinion …
As President Biden tries to pass ‘transformational’ change through reconciliation with a simple majority vote, it would force him to veto a simple majority disapproval of his unconstitutional vaccine mandate for businesses.” [Source: Fox News]
Perhaps Manchin or Sinema may swoop in to save the day.
Regardless, it does not appear that Biden’s vaccine mandate is going anywhere substantive anytime soon …
Author: Ofelia Thornton