(FreedomBeacon.com)- A federal judge recently ruled that, not only will President Joe Biden not be able to institute his vaccine mandate on private businesses, he won’t be able to institute it on federal contractors, either.
On Tuesday, a Georgia federal judge blocked the vaccine mandate that Biden had issued for any business that has a contract with the federal government. The White House has previously issued an executive order that required all employees of businesses that had federal contracts to be inoculated against COVID-19.
The lawsuit to bring a stop to that action was led, in part by South Carolina and its Republican Attorney General Alan Wilson. In a statement following the ruling, Wilson said:
“Abuse of power by the Biden administration has been stopped cold again.”
In his ruling, Stan Baker, the U.S. district judge in Savannah, said that Congress didn’t clearly authorize the president to issue such as requirement that could have “vast economic and political significance.”
This ruling follows a similar one that was issued in a New Orleans appeals court recently that blocked Biden’s vaccine requirement that any private business that has 100 or more employees mandate that their workers either be fully vaccinated or get tested against COVID-19 on a weekly basis.
A similar requirement that most workers in the health-care field be vaccinated was also blocked. The vaccine requirement for all civilian and military government employees has been allowed to proceed, despite being challenged in court.
The vaccine mandate for federal contractors was set to go in place by January 18, at which time all employees were to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those challenging the order through a lawsuit included a trade group that represents building contractors as well as the states of South Carolina, West Virginia, Utah, Indiana, Kansas, Georgia and Alabama.
It’s likely that the Department of Justice will file an appeal to this ruling, as it already has in the case of the vaccine mandate for larger private employers. That appeal is set to be heard in the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In that case, the DOJ is arguing the requirement for vaccines reflects its “judgment that these measures are necessary to mitigate COVID-19 transmission in the workplace, and the grievous harms the virus inflicts on workers.”
On the flip side, those who are challenging the private business mandate — including many large employers, private organizations, unions and some states — argue it’s an unconstitutional mandate that sees the federal government overreaching into the private sector.
That mandate requires all employees of companies that have at least 100 workers be fully vaccinated by January 4. Employees do have the right to opt out of that vaccine requirement as long as they take a COVID-19 test once a week, which they must pay for. They also would be required to wear a mask while they were at work.
Any employer found to be in violation of that rule could be a fine of more than $13,000 for each violation, and up to more than $136,000 for businesses who violate the rule more than once.
It’s estimated that this mandate would affect roughly 84 million people who work at a company that has at least 100 employees.