Judge blocks vax & mask mandate for low-income children — Analysis
Texas triumphs in the latest war between White House and state over compulsory vaccination and mask requirements
A federal judge has blocked President Joe Biden’s vaccine and mask mandate from being enforced at a program for low-income families, deeming the requirement for children to be masked and staff vaccinated unconstitutional.
Judge James ‘Wesley’ Hendrix ruled on Friday that the Department of Health’s vaccine and mask requirement for those involved with the Head Start program – which provides “education-related services to needy children” – was “unprecedented”Congressional approval was lacking.
“It is undisputed that an agency cannot act without Congressional authorization. Thus, the question here is whether Congress authorized HHS to impose these requirements,” Hendrix declared.
The mandates are being called “arbitrary” “capricious,”The judge ruled that the laws should not be applied anymore.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott – a Republican – praised the judge’s decision on social media, boasting, “Texas just beat Biden again.”
Texas is currently engaged in an ongoing battle against the Biden administration regarding vaccine mandates and mask mandates. Judges are arguing about whether these should be applied.
Abbot issued an executive order in October banning vaccine mandates within the state. “no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a Covid-19 vaccine by any individual”Vaccinations “should remain voluntary and never forced.”
A federal judge ordered United Airlines to halt its Covid-19 vaccine mandate that same month, while in November, Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses was halted after the Texas Attorney General filed a lawsuit.
In November, however, a federal judge overturned Abbott’s ban on school mask requirements.