Recently, the Biden administration’s wide-ranging vaccine mandates encountered another major blow, notably after a federal judge in Louisiana ruled that Biden cannot legally require teachers in the Head Start program to receive the COVID vaccine. The judge’s ruling represents a major victory for the two dozen states that have sued the government since the implementation of the mandate.
In his ruling, Judge Terry Doughty remarked that that the Biden administration unlawfully disregarded Congress when declaring that all Head Start program employees, who focus on early education, would have to be vaccinated by the end of January. In addition, the judge also noted that the Biden administration also bypassed its authority when mandating that all students aged two and older must wear masks in crowded settings outdoors and in all settings indoors.
Head Start, which is fully funded with federal revenue, provides educational opportunities to children under six years old from underserved communities.
Doughty, who was appointed by former President Donald J. Trump, observed that the separation fo powers between the three branches of government is critically important to the nation’s founding. Quoting former President Ronald Reagan, Doughty remarks that “the nine most terrifying words in the English language” can be concisely stated as follows: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
“This country is no longer a democracy, it is a monarchy … if the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the Legislative branch to make laws,” Doughty declared.
GOP attorneys general from the 24 different states involved in the massive lawsuit against the Biden administration heaped praise upon Doughty’s decision, with Alabama Attorney General Marshall noting that the most recent victory against the vaccine mandate “will help ensure that numerous Head Start programs will continue to operate rather than have to fire teachers and cut back services to children.”
“And this win will forestall the nonsensical and damaging practice of forcing masks on two-year-olds,” Marshall continued.
It remains unclear whether or not the Biden administration will attempt to appeal Doughty’s decision in the 5th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, which is located in New Orleans.
Doughty’s most recent ruling is similar to another ruling that occurred on Friday, namely when a federal judge blocked the mandate for Head Start employees in the state of Texas.