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Biden Administration’s Vaccine Mandate Halted

On Tuesday, a federal district court in Georgia suspended the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for government contractors, citing the president’s likely overreach. The Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade group that represents the construction industry, are likely correct that President Joe Biden exceeded his authority under the Procurement Act when he issued the mandate, according to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

In its actual implementation, it functions as a public health regulation. It will also have a significant influence on the economy since it restricts the ability of contractors and members of the workforce to work on federal contracts. As a result, it appears to have enormous economic and political ramifications. The mandate, according to the court, is costly, time-consuming, and likely to result in a reduction in available workers.

The Justice Department, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, would forcefully defend the requirement in court. “We suggested these criteria because we know they work and we are confident in our capacity legally to make things happen across the country,” Psaki said during a press conference on Tuesday. On Sept. 9, Biden signed an executive order mandating contractors to verify that their employees are Covid-vaccinated and follow masking and social distancing rules.

The White House originally gave contractors until December 8 to comply, but the deadline was then moved out to January 4. Millions of workers across the United States are covered by the requirements. The court ordered the Biden administration to stop enforcing the mandate in all covered contracts in every state and territory in the US. The court’s preliminary injunction is the latest setback for the Biden administration’s efforts to pressure businesses to ensure that their employees are vaccinated.

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