NEW ORLEANS, La. (KTAL / KMSS) – The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an emergency stay on the enforcement of President Biden’s federal vaccine mandate after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry on Friday filed a lawsuit to stop the mandate.
The Biden Administration ordered all employees of companies employing 100 or more workers to be vaccinated. They believe that an increase in the number of vaccinated populations will be the fastest way to end the pandemic. More than 750,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.
The petition for review of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s interim emergency standard was filed with U.S. Fifth Circuit Judges Jones, Duncan and Engelhardt, who issued the emergency order “pending a speedy judicial review.”
Filed Friday by Louisiana Secretary of State Jeff Landry, the lawsuit claims the mandate exceeds the administration’s legal authority and is in conflict with the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution and with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“Because the petitions give reason to believe that there are serious statutory and constitutional problems with the mandate, the mandate is hereby adjourned pending further action by this Court.”
27 states have filed lawsuits in several circuits to challenge the rule. However, the Biden administration claims that security rules take precedence over state laws and that it will withstand any challenge raised against it in court. Violations include fines of nearly $ 14,000.
However, the court did not publish today’s opinion and the ruling only concerned the emergency order.
The order requires the federal government to respond to the lawsuit by 6 p.m. 5pm Monday and that Landry submits any response no later than 6pm. 17.00 Tuesday.
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