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U.S. court temporarily suspends Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide

A man wears an anti-vaccine button as people and teachers protest New York City’s prescribed vaccines for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in United States court in Manhattan in New York, New York York, United States, October 12, 2021.

Mike Ségar | Reuters

A U.S. District Court in Georgia on Tuesday suspended the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors, writing that the president had likely overstepped his authority.

The Southern District of Georgia U.S. District Court said Associated Builders and Contractors, a trade group that represents the construction industry, is probably correct that President Joe Biden has exceeded his powers under the Act. purchases when he issued the money order.

“In its practical application, it functions as a public health regulation,” District Judge R. Stan Baker wrote in the order. “It will also have a major impact on the economy as a whole, as it limits the ability of contractors and members of the workforce to perform work on federal contracts. As a result, it appears to be of great importance. economic and political, ”Baker wrote.

The court said the federal contractor’s tenure is “costly, laborious and likely to result in a reduction in available members of the workforce.”

Biden issued an executive on September 9 demanding that contractors ensure their workers are vaccinated against Covid and follow masking and social distancing policies. The White House initially gave contractors until December 8 to comply, but then pushed the title back until January 4. The requirements cover millions of workers across the US economy.

The court asked the Biden administration to suspend the execution of the mandate of federal contractors and subcontractors “in all covered contracts in any state or territory of the United States of America.”

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