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Federal Judge in Texas Orders Halt on Biden’s Vaccine and Mask Mandates

Texas leaders on Friday scored a massive victory against the Biden administration’s mask and vaccine mandates after a judge in the US District Court – Northern District of Texas, Lubbock Division, ruled for a halt in the conditions for funding for Head Start programs, which is ostensibly designed to provide education-related services to low-income children.

Buried in the Head Start program is a requirement for school staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and near-universal masking for both children and adults.

Per the ruling, Texas leaders including Gov. Greg Abbott argue that the Act “does not authorise such mandates, that irreparable injury would result from them that [the Department of Health and Human Services] failed to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act in adopting the conditions, and that the mandates violate various Constitutional doctrines.”

The court agreed with these arguments, finding that there is a likelihood the mandates do not fit within the Head Start Act’s authorisation and that the mandates are “arbitrary and capricious,” so it has preliminary enjoined their enforcement across Texas.

“Texas just beat Biden again,” Gov. Abbott tweeted. “Another of Biden’s vaccine and mask mandates was just halted by a federal judge in Texas. The Court writes: ‘It is undisputed that an agency cannot act without Congressional authorization.’ That would apply to all of Biden’s orders.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who previously announced a lawsuit over the mandates earlier this month, chimed in to praise the ruling.

“I just halted another illegal fed vax & mask mandate,” he said in a tweet. “Thanks to my suit(first of its kind in the nation), Prez Brandon is barred from using the Head Start Program to force vax & masks in TX—both of which this Admin embarrassingly admitted don’t stop Covid anyway! HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

11 Comments
  • Laurie says:

    Abbott is a RINO. Look at what he is NOT doing while bragging he has done.

    He is getting money from Toomey, the Pfizer lobbyist. He refuses to call special session to prevent vaccine mandates. Our representatives have specifically asked to be called back into session to prevent mandates. Abbott refuses to take the calls or meetings, much less call a special session.

    Refuses to call special session to prevent child mutilation. He is allowing children to have sex reassignment per parent request.

    People forget he bankrupted hundreds of small businesses. Anybody remember the hair salon in Dallas?? He shut Texas down for a year.

    The border wall is a chain link fence. He has also let the border guards go months without pay.

    Don’t give him more credit than he deserves. He does just enough in front of the cameras during election time to look like he is Texas first.

    HUFFINES 2022!!

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