A federal judge has blocked the White House’s federal vaccine mandate for Head Start teachers, handing a victory to 24 states that were party to the suit. The ruling held that the vaccine mandate cannot force Head Start teachers from being “vaccinated” for Covid-19 by January 31.
The Louisiana judge held that President Biden unlawfully and willfully bypassed Congress, which has ultimate authority to institute laws. The Biden mandates would have compelled Head Start teachers be vaccinated and also that young children 2 years or older be masked when in class or when playing together outdoors.
The Biden administration had issued the mandate to Head Start, which is a federally funded education program for children under the age of 6 with qualifying low-income families. The Trump-appointed Judge Doughty gave his reasoning for blocking Biden’s unlawful federal vaccine mandate, which the president had promised he had no intention of implementing.
“In order to help rid the United States of the COVID-19 virus, the government has imposed four vaccine mandates,” Doughty wrote. “The mandates pose an issue for millions of Americans: be fully vaccinated or lose their jobs. The Head Start Mandate was not passed by an act of Congress, but by an interim final rule of the following Executive branch federal agencies and divisions: Office of Head Start (“OHS”); Administration of Children and Families (“ACF”); and the Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”).”
seeking an injunction prohibiting enforcement of the Head Start Mandate.”
“Although this case is about the Head Start Mandate, the real issue is separation of powers under the United States Constitution. Specifically, whether the Agency Defendants, government agencies under the Executive branch, have the authority to impose the Head Start Mandate,” he continued.
“If the Executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the Legislative branch to make laws, then this country is no longer a democracy — it is a monarchy,” Judge Doughty wrote.
The judge’s ruling is a reminder to the federal government about its legitimate authorities under the U.S. Constitution. Read the brilliant ruling below:
Republican attorneys general from 24 states had joined in the lawsuit. A number of them praised Judge Doughty’s decision.
“This victory will help ensure that numerous Head Start programs will continue to operate rather than have to fire teachers and cut back services to children,” Alabama Attorney General Marshall said in a press release. “And this win will forestall the nonsensical and damaging practice of forcing masks on two-year-olds.”
The federal government may appeal the decision to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The ruling impacts the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming and West Virginia.
The Supreme Court is set to hear a federal case on the White House’s federal vaccine mandate on January 7. The ruling could hold weight in the high court’s decision.
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