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Trump appointee blocks Biden’s federal worker vaccine mandate

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Trump appointee blocks Biden’s federal worker vaccine mandate

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. judge in Texas on Friday issued a nationwide injunction barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden’s requirement that federal workers without eligible medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of Texas by then-President Donald Trump, ruled that opponents of Biden’s vaccination mandate for federal employees were likely to succeed at trial and prevented the government from enforcing the requirement.

Biden announced in September that more than 3.5 million federal workers must get vaccinated, with no option to get tested regularly instead, unless they get approved medical or religious exemptions. The requirement was launched last November, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that 98% of federal workers are vaccinated.

“We are confident in our legal authority here,” she added.

Those who did not comply with the policy were referred to counsel and could be fired under an executive order signed by Biden.

Brown wrote that the question was whether the president “can, with the stroke of a pen and without congressional input, require millions of federal employees to undergo a medical procedure as a condition of their employment.” He added: “That, as the law stands, as the Supreme Court recently expressed, is a bridge too far.”

The Justice Department said it would appeal the decision.

The lawsuit was brought by the group Feds for Medical Freedom.

Trump appointee blocks Biden’s federal worker vaccine mandate

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