A federal appeals court ruled that the Biden Administration's rule requiring all federal contractors to get a COVID-19 vaccine was unconstitutional.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that a panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by a lower court, which had blocked the rule, which was first implemented in September 2021. The ruling was brought about by a lawsuit filed by the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Indiana.
The Appeals Court ruled that the rule was only implemented to ratify Biden's claim that he had the authority to make healthcare decisions for a certain portion of the country's workforce.
The ruling is another setback for Biden's efforts to impose a vaccine mandate on private companies. In January, the Supreme Court ruled that the administration's attempt to force companies with more than 100 workers to get vaccinated was unconstitutional. The court ruled that the order went beyond the authority of OSHA, and it was not approved by Congress.
Despite the ruling, the Supreme Court still upheld the Biden Administration's mandate requiring healthcare workers to get vaccinated.
In December, Congress approved a spending bill for the military that included a provision that would end the mandatory vaccination of all military personnel for the COVID-19 vaccine. Despite the protests of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Biden, the provision was not approved. A Republican effort to include a similar provision in the legislation failed to pass.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on AM Greatness.