A federal high court with three-judge panel, this week has put a hold on the mandatory vaccine rule proposed by the President Biden administration which was to take effect by January 4th.
According to The New York Times, In a petition filed Friday, a group of businesses, religious groups, advocacy organizations and several states — including Louisiana and Texas — argued that the administration had overstepped its authority.
In their decision Saturday, the judges said they suspended the new regulation “because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the mandate.”
The lawsuit questions whether the federal government exceeded its authority in issuing the rule and whether such a mandate would need to be passed by Congress.
“The side that is asking for the injunction has to prove that this rule violates the Constitution,” Mark Kluger, founding partner at the employment law firm Kluger Healey, told the Times. “That’s a really tough burden to meet,” he added, noting that “federal agencies over the years have become increasingly aggressive about passing or creating rules.”
The Biden administration has until 5 p.m. on Monday to respond to the request for a permanent injunction. The White House declined to comment on the ruling, and referred questions to the Labor Department, where spokespeople did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The suspension comes two days after the Biden administration unveiled the rule, which was immediately met with vows of legal action from Republican governors and others, who argued it overstepped the administration’s legal authority.