Biden vaccine mandate suffers another notable blow in federal court

President Joe Biden’s authoritarian attempts to impose mandatory COVID-19 vaccination on millions of Americans continue to meet with substantial resistance in the courts, as an administration motion to transfer a challenge to rules issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to a more hospitable federal circuit was rejected on Friday.

As the Daily Caller reports, the Sixth Circuit – which is where consolidated litigation concerning the OSHA mandate for employees of private companies with 100 or more workers has landed – declined to permit the matter to be transferred to the D.C. and Fifth Circuits.

According to the National Law Review, the Sixth Circuit also ruled on a number of other motions in the OSHA case, specifically denying the agency’s request to shorten briefing related to the stay already in place on the madate and also its request to set an expedited briefing schedule.

Though the OSHA mandate was slated to go into effect on Jan. 4 of the coming year, its implementation and enforcement were blocked temporarily by the Fifth Circuit, prior to the matter as a whole being transferred to the Sixth Circuit.

Before the arrival of the case in the Sixth Circuit, the Fifth Circuit found that the petitions challenging the mandate “give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues” with it and that the arguments contained therein stand a strong chance of prevailing on the merits.

It is not just the OSHA mandate that is encountering litigation troubles, with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid rule requiring legions of healthcare workers nationwide to receive coronavirus jabs whether they want to or not also having been blocked in all 50 states, as Reuters noted.

The news just keeps getting worse for Biden and his dictatorial vaccine ambitions amid news on Tuesday that District Judge R. Stan Baker in Georgia blocked implementation of the administration’s requirement that federal contractors also receive shots, as Fox News reported.

Baker wrote, “The Court acknowledges the tragic toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought throughout the nation and the globe. However, even in times of crisis this Court must preserve the rule of law and ensure that all branches of government act within the bounds of their constitutionally granted authorities.”

With all three categories of vaccine mandates sought by Biden now in legal limbo, there appears to be real cause for optimism that the egregious overreach attempted in recent months will forcefully and definitively put in check.