A federal appeals court affirmed a ban on forcing workers who contract with the federal government to comply with the Biden regime’s federal vaccine mandate. This ban applies to Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.

Biden had implemented vaccine mandates for workers contracting with the federal government – up to 25% of the U.S. workforce – that required them to wear face masks and get COVID-19 vaccines. In November 2021, a federal judge in Kentucky blocked this mandate for his state, along with Tennessee and Ohio.

On Thursday, the panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati maintained the lower court’s ruling that the mandate was unconstitutional.

In the ruling, the panel wrote, “We decline the government’s invitation to construe as authorizing the President to ignore the limits inherent in the Property Act’s operative provisions in favor of an ‘anything goes’ pursuit of a broad statutory purpose.”

The state’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron brought the initial Kentucky lawsuit. Following the Sixth Circuit’s ruling, Cameron released a statement hailing it as a “resounding victory against unlawful federal overreach into the personal medical decisions of Kentuckians.”

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Cameron said,

“We argued that the federal contractor vaccine mandate is unlawful and that the Biden Administration does not have the authority to impose such a sweeping mandate on Kentuckians.

For over a year, the Biden Administration has fought against us, but the court has agreed with our legal arguments and has halted the federal contractor vaccine mandate for Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.”

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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost also praised the federal appeals court’s decision to block the mandate, saying, “The court reaffirmed a basic civics lesson: the executive branch cannot demand compliance with a rule it never had the authority to write in the first place.”

In December, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals delivered a similar ruling for the states of Indiana, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The panel ruled that Biden did not have the authority to issue an executive order that required companies contracted with the federal government to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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