Two rulings on two consecutive days by two Trump-appointed judges have effectively blocked President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers across the country.
Biden issued the mandate early in November through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The judges agreed with the plaintiffs, 10 Republican-run states, that CMS likely didn’t have the authority to issue the mandate.
Specifically, CMS lacked a congressional order to institute a mandate, the judges argued.
U.S. District Judge for St. Louis Matthew T. Schelp also said he questioned whether there was enough data about transmissability and vaccination status and said the mandate seemed “arbitrary and capricious.”
District Court Judge Terry A. Doughty of Louisiana found that a nationwide injunction was necessary to protect the “liberty interests of the unvaccinated.”
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