Federal Vaccine Mandate Blocked For Head Start Program In 24 States, Including Florida
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced a victory against President Joe Biden’s federal vaccine mandate as a federal court granted Alabama’s motion to block the order that seeks to require Head Start program employees and volunteers to vaccinate against COVID. The injunction also blocks the requirement for children as young as two-years-old to wear face masks nearly the entire time they are at preschool.
“Once again the federal executive branch has overstepped its legal authority to make laws and once again a federal court has agreed with the State of Alabama that such overreach is unconstitutional and should be stopped,” said Alabama Attorney General Marshall. “In a rare New Year’s Day order, the Western District Court of Louisiana enjoined the Biden administration from enforcing its vaccine mandate for Head Start workers and its mask mandate for toddlers.”
Head Start programs promote the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children from low-income families. Services are provided in a variety of settings including centers, family child care, and children’s own home.
The court bluntly noted in it’s ruling that the Biden administration’s unilateral attempt to impose this latest vaccine mandate without any legislative approval was more fitting a monarch than a president.
“This two-year pandemic has fatigued the entire country. However, this is not an excuse to forego the separation of powers,” Judge Terry A. Doughty wrote. “If the walls of separation fall, the system of checks and balances created by the founders of this country will be destroyed. In the words of Thomas Paine, ‘Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.’ Common Sense (1776).
“This issue will certainly be decided by a higher court than this one. This issue is important. The separation of powers has never been so thin, ” the judge added.
On December 21, Attorney General Marshall joined with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to challenge the Biden administration’s Head Start mandate, along with his colleagues from twenty-two other States.
The present injunction blocks the enforcement of the mandate in the following states:
Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.