An appeals court has issued a stay and temporarily halted Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees.
The ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit came after multiple states’ attorney generals filed lawsuits against the administration.
The court said that they found “grave statutory and constitutional” issues with the mandate.
Solicitor of Labor Seema Nanda told Reuters that the Labor Department was “confident in its legal authority” to issue the rule, which will be enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“The Occupational Safety and Health Act explicitly gives OSHA the authority to act quickly in an emergency where the agency finds that workers are subjected to a grave danger and a new standard is necessary to protect them,” she said. “We are fully prepared to defend this standard in court.”
The Reuters report adds that “the two-page order directs the Biden administration to respond to the request for a permanent injunction against the rule by 5 p.m. Monday.”
The mandate is supposed to go into effect on January 4 and will apply to 84.2 million workers at 1.9 million private-sector jobs.