Texas Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Biden Vaccine Mandate For Federal Employees

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Friday’s federal court ruling in Texas blocked President Biden from mandating federal employees to get vaccines. The judge argued that the president didn’t have the power or authority to enforce the mandate “with the stroke of a pen” and without Congress’ input.

In recent months, Biden has promoted several iterations of vaccine mandates. One for large companies was blocked by the Supreme Court. Another for healthcare workers was approved by it.

Friday’s ruling by Judge Jeffrey Vincent Brown of U.S. District Court for Southern District of Texas was against the administration based on a separate mandate that generally applies to federal employees.

Brown stated that vaccines are the best way to prevent serious illnesses from COVID-19. However, there is no reason for us to believe that we cannot serve the public interest by taking less restrictive measures than the mandate. Brown also wrote, “While vaccines are undoubtedly a better option, there is no reason why the mandate should be interpreted as limiting the scope of the mandate to mask, social distancing or remote work.” Overbroad policies such as the federal-worker mandate will not stop the spread of COVID-19.

Brown Friday’s ruling is not final. The ruling from Brown Friday does not stop the mandate from being enforced during litigation. The Biden administration filed a notice immediately Friday indicating that it will appeal the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

A Fifth Circuit ruling could then be appealed to Supreme Court.

Feds For Medical Freedom, a group that advocates for medical freedom, is behind the case. They also challenge a mandate mandating federal contractors to get vaccines. The mandate is already under a nationwide injunction so the judge didn’t rule on it

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Ivy League business students’ remarkably clueless answers on what the average American worker makes in a year sparks internet firestorm

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The University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton business school started trending on Twitter Thursday, but not because of its academic prowess or comments from a famous alum like former President Donald Trump.

Rather, the school caught the attention of users online after a professor posted about a social experiment she conducted in class that inadvertently showcased just how clueless her students are about middle-class American life.

What happened?

Nina Strohminger, a professor of legal studies and business ethics at the school, said in a tweet Thursday, “I asked Wharton students what they thought the average American worker makes per year and 25% of them thought it was over six figures. One of them thought it was $800k.”

“Really not sure what to make of this (The real number is $45k),” she added.

I asked Wharton students what they thought the average American worker makes per year and 25% of them thought it was over six figures. One of them thought it was $800k. Really not sure what to make of this (The real number is $45k)

— Nina Strohminger (@Nina Strohminger)
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The professor’s tweet sparked an internet firestorm, the Philadelphia Inquirer pointed out, noting that it touched on a number of hot-button political topics — including income inequality, socioeconomic diversity at universities, and privilege.

What was the reaction?

The tweet elicited a wide range of responses, but most commenters shared essentially the same view: The experiment proved the students were remarkably “out of touch.”

“Don’t you think business students at Wharton should have to do one of those simulations where they have to live like people on 45k for a week? A reality show? That’s my pitch. You can take it, if you want,” one commenter wrote.

“That’s the average of who they know, which is why rich people usually don’t feel rich,” another said.

Still another added, “This is why the wealth gap is so toxic to our society. The rich literally have no concept of how anyone actually lives. And most people I’ve met do not make even 45k a year.”

Even journalist Soledad O’Brien chimed in to say, “Not shocking if it were, say, middle school students. But Wharton?”

For others, the tweet brought back memories from the time they spent within the premier program.

Rosie Nguyen, a 24-year-old Wharton grad, recalled, “My freshman year, I told a classmate I had a full ride to penn ($80k/year tuition) because my parents make only $10k/year, and they replied ‘you’re so lucky, I have to pay full tuition cause my parents make too much money.'”

As of Friday afternoon, Strohminger’s tweet had been liked more than 215,000 times, retweeted 34,000 times, and quote-tweeted 10,000 times.

What else?

While many commenters specifically ridiculed the University of Pennsylvania, where the median family income of a student is $195,000, Strohminger argued that the confusion may not be exclusive to her students at her school.

“A lot of people want to conclude that this says something special about Wharton students — I’m not sure it does. People are notoriously bad at making this kind of estimate, thinking the gap between rich and poor is smaller than it is,” she said.

A lot of people want to conclude that this says something special about Wharton studentsu2014 Iu2019m not sure it does. People are notoriously bad at making this kind of estimate, thinking the gap between rich and poor is smaller than it is.

— Nina Strohminger (@Nina Strohminger)
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Either way, the group of students highlighted by Strohminger was just a touch off base.

The Social Security Administration put the average U.S. annual wage last year at $53,383, and the median wage at $34,612, MarketWatch reported.

Jim Jordan reveals just who might be investigated if the GOP takes the House in the midterm elections

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In an interview on “The Truth with Lisa Boothe” podcast, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) listed investigations he intends to prioritize should the Republican Party win a majority of seats in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.

Currently, Jordan serves as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. Upon the Republican Party becoming the majority, he is positioned to become the committee’s chairman. As chairman, Jordan will be able to determine how the committee spends its time and resources.

When asked what sort of investigations he would pursue as Judiciary Committee Chair, the congressman expressed an interest in investigating the Department of Justice’s practice of flagging concerned moms and dads who make local school boards feel uncomfortable. Jordan said that this is “priority number one.”

In the fall of 2021, as parents nationwide became increasingly vocal about their opposition to schools teaching Critical Race Theory, President Biden’s Department of Justice began to label them as potential terror threats. The DOJ started this process shortly after a letter from the National School Boards Association prompted the President to protect them from accountability.

His second priority would be investigating the Department of Homeland Security and Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to try and put an end to the “chaos that is now our southern border.” Jordan told Boothe, “Secretary Mayorkas every year would come in front of the Judiciary Committee because we have primary jurisdiction over immigration law, and he’s yet to appear in front of our committee.”

For over a year, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have pushed Chairman Jerry Nadler to schedule a hearing concerning the ongoing immigration crisis with Secretary Mayorkas. Republican members of the House of Representatives have been highly critical of Mayorkas for not adequately addressing the seemingly perpetual immigration crisis at the country’s southern border with Mexico.

Lastly, Jordan expressed an interest in a joint investigation with the House Oversight Committee collaborating with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin into the origins of COVID-19 and Anthony Fauci.

In June, Jordan and Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) sought the White House’s cooperation in getting Anthony Fauci to explain potential discrepancies in his sworn congressional testimony regarding American subsidized gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The letter the two congressmen sent to the White House seeks clarification about the statements made under oath by Fauci in May, which appear to contradict previous comments he made and actions taken which show him endorsing gain-of-function research.

As it currently stands, the GOP has an 85% chance of retaking the House of Representatives and a 73% chance of retaking the Senate, according to MarketWatch.

Gavin Newsom asks, ‘What the hell is going on?’ after seeing thousands of stolen, trashed delivery boxes along LA train tracks — and he’s massively mocked

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California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom donned work gloves and was recorded on video Thursday helping clean up the thousands of delivery boxes strewn along Los Angeles railroad tracks — the result of large-scale, organized looting from broken-into cargo cars that’s been an ongoing problem but which only received wider attention after images of the tracks went viral.

Keep hearing of train burglaries in LA on the scanner so went to #LincolnHeights to see it all. Andu2026 thereu2019s looted packages as far as the eye can see. Amazon packages, @UPS boxes, unused Covid tests, fishing lures, epi pens. Cargo containers left busted open on trains. @CBSLApic.twitter.com/JvNF4UVy2K

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Newsom spoke to reporters after taking a break from toting trashed cardboard boxes and other refuse — and said he was as shocked as everybody else after seeing what looked like a “third-world country” along the rails.

“I see what you see … I see what everybody’s seeing, asking myself, ‘What the hell is going on?’ I mean, it looked like a third-world country, these images, the drone images that were on the nightly news, day in and day out,” he said. “Some networks weaponizing them for their own political agenda, and others just reporting the damn news.”

He added that “this is not one-off; this is organized theft. They’re organized groups of folks that move from site to site. When there’s more attention — a bright light — on one site, they move to the next site.”


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KCBS-TV reported that Newsom also complained that those responsible for the package thefts “are arrested as … individuals, as though they are not connected to the whole — and we need to change that.” He said 280 suspected thieves have been arrested so far, the station added.

More from KCBS:

From October 2020 to October 2021 rail theft has exponentially increased by 356%, according to Union Pacific. In a letter addressed to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, the company blamed what it called a “spiraling crisis” on the no cash bail policy put forth by the District Attorney’s office and said many of the arrested suspects return the next day.

“It’s not just arrest and walk away,” Newsom said, according to KCBS. “You got to do the work and present the case and see folks prosecuted — not condoning this behavior. There is nothing acceptable about this behavior.”

The station said the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol have been charged with cracking down on the rail theft.

Newsom mocked as a ‘hack’ and a ‘worthless dolt’

Newsom’s “what the hell is going on?” reaction seemed to push the mockery buttons of certain observers:

“‘Yeah, boy, how did that happen?’ he looked around asking,” podcaster and editor Stephen L. Miller offered sarcastically in regard to Newsom.
“What a hack,” another user said of the governor. “You advocate and support the policies that enable these felons to move from ‘site to site,’ robbing and threatening our safety. Resign you worthless dolt!”
“Folks? They’re ‘folks’ now? They’re criminals that are let loose back on the streets by the CA criminal justice system with little or no repercussions,” another commenter wrote. “Many the same day. Most studies show that a small number of criminals perpetrate a large % of crimes. Lock. Them. Up.”
“He does a photo-op cleaning up the mess, after pictures of this fiasco went viral,” another commenter noted. “As if this will solve the problem…”
“He’s complaining more about how the news covers it then talking about catching the criminals,” another observer noted.

Anything else?

A top Union Pacific official said the company would move its rail operations from Los Angeles County unless law enforcement stops the criminal activity — and noted that far-left policies are to blame.

Adrian Guerrero, general director of public affairs, sent a letter to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón demanding his office stop the “spiraling crisis of organized and opportunistic criminal rail theft.”

Guerrero also said that “over 90 containers are compromised per day.”

Man searches for years to find family of child cancer patient in order to give them painting she made before her death

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A Texas resident has returned a beautiful piece of artwork to its late creator’s parents, sparking warm emotions and memories of the 8-year-old girl who created it.

What are the details?

A KOKH-TV report detailed that Jim Higgins, who purchased a painting from an auction in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that was sponsored by the Oklahoma University Children’s Hospital, decided to return the painting to the child artist’s parents following her death.

Higgins purchased the piece — a collage-style painting created by an 8-year-old girl named Hope — approximately 10 years ago, saying that it was “one of the best ones” at the auction.

Higgins said that he met the child’s parents at the auction and learned that their daughter suffered from a rare and terminal form of brain cancer.

Just a few years after the auction, Hope passed away — and keeping up to date on his donation to the children’s hospital, Higgins decided to embark on a journey to reunite the painting with Hope’s parents.

It took him nearly four years, however, before he was able to track down the family, and decided to enlist the help of a local TV station.

Feeling that he was running out of options, he reached out to KOKH, who ultimately helped track down Hope’s parents, Chad and Bridget Dollarhide.

Within hours of Higgins’ request, KOKH was able to get a hold of the Dollarhide family and set up a reunion with Higgins.

The family met with their benefactor on Wednesday and received their late daughter’s artwork.

Bridget said that having her daughter’s artwork returned was moving beyond compare.

“That gives me such a warm feeling,” she told the station. “She’s still spreading her brand of hope even though she’s not with us anymore.”

Bridget said that she fondly remembers Hope’s process in creating the artwork.

“She had so much fun,” Bridget told the station. “That was like the highlight of her days in the hospital was working on that.”

While the pain of losing a loved never really goes away, sometimes help and healing can still appear in unexpected ways.nnTonight at 9: How a surprise gift from a stranger brought hope back to this Oklahoma family. @OKCFOXpic.twitter.com/tsci7UKdez

— Rebecca Pryor (@Rebecca Pryor)
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Will any of these media people be held accountable for their attacks on Gorsuch after NPR’s SCOTUS mask story was shown to be total bunk?

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The biggest story on the left this week was a screed from NPR’s Nina Totenberg attempting to smear Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as the horrible monster every liberal knows him to be.

In an attempt to spread the narrative that the SCOTUS justices aren’t getting along, Totenberg, who works for an entity that receives funding from U.S. taxpayers, decided to spread a thinly sourced (as in, she had one anonymous source) bit of gossip claiming Gorsuch had refused Chief Justice John Roberts’ request that justices wear masks in court and thereby put the life of Justice Sonia Sotomayor at grave risk.

Naturally, leftists glommed onto this allegation and used it to bludgeon Gorsuch for being such a cretin.

Grabien founder Tom Elliott documented these bad actors’ hot takes:


Supercut: Media Smear Justice Gorsuch Using NPR’s Fake News

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Except there was a problem: The story was B.S.

After the fake news made the rounds, Grouch and Sotomayor released a joint statement that Totenberg’s claim was bunk.

When the anti-Gorsuch crowd claimed that the justices’ statement wasn’t believableand that they were parsing words (since they didn’t address the specific claim that Roberts had requested that justices mask up), Roberts himself came out and made it clear that the story was balderdash.

So, will any of these “journalists” be held to account by their employers? Will any of them recant or apologize?

Considering that NPR stood by Totenberg’s nonsense as some kind of fake-but-accurate report that did not merit a correction and that Totenberg called the Gorsuch-Sotomayor response to the report “non-denial denial” and Roberts’ statement as a rejection of reality, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

New state data shows nearly half of all ‘COVID-19 hospitalizations’ in Massachusetts are admitted for reasons other than the virus

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Nearly half of all patients labeled as “COVID-19 hospitalizations” in Massachusetts were actually admitted for reasons other than coronavirus, but happened to test positive for the virus upon admission.

The revelation surfaced this week as, for the first time in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health began making a distinction between COVID-19 patients hospitalized with “primary” and “incidental” cases.

The new reporting guidelines revealed that 51% of the state’s 3,187 “COVID-19 hospitalizations” reported on Jan. 18 were patients who were ill from coronavirus, while 49% were admitted for other issues but tested positive for COVID-19 at the time of admission.

From The Boston Globe: Nearly half of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Massachusetts are u2018incidentalu2019 cases, new state data show. https://trib.al/WymimyQu00a0pic.twitter.com/H7IsrQBYHV

— Boston.com (@Boston.com)
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Dr. Shira Doron – an epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston – revealed that the number of patients being treated for severe COVID-19 was considerably lower than 50% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations at her hospital.

“One day was as low as 36%,” Doron told NBC10 Boston. “The state actually called and said, ‘Are you sure that it’s only 36%?’ And so we took a look and indeed, none of those patients were receiving any supplemental oxygen.”

“We looked at what the other hospitals were reporting that day and we found that we weren’t an outlier in that,” Doron added. “And so I think that, you know, from Massachusetts, where again, we do mandatory testing of everybody on admission, we may find relatively lower than expected, I think, proportions of patients receiving that drug, which is the standard of care.”

“To identify patients admitted for COVID-19, the Baker administration is using the drug dexamethasone as a proxy,” the Boston Globe reported. “The powerful steroid, used to quell the inflammatory storm in severely ill COVID patients, is also commonly used to treat other conditions, such as septic shock or swelling in the brain.”

Patients who test positive for COVID-19 but do not receive dexamethasone will be counted as “incidental.”

Dr. Maren Batalden of the Cambridge Health Alliance told WBZ-TV that individuals who are prescribed dexamethasone are “a good measure of those patients who are admitted to the hospital with COVID who have serious respiratory infection or serious respiratory complication.”

Earlier this month, similar findings to the reporting in Massachusetts emerged out of New York state.

The New York data showed that 57% of all reported “COVID-19 hospitalizations” are patients admitted “for COVID-19/COVID-19 complications.” Meanwhile, the remaining 43% were admitted to the hospital for other reasons, but tested positive for COVID-19 after being admitted.

Last month, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of playing pandemic politics.

Cruz retweeted an MSNBC interview, where Fauci said, “If a child goes into the hospital, they automatically get tested for COVID and they get counted as a COVID-hospitalized individual, when, in fact, they may go in for a broken leg or appendicitis or something like that. So it’s over counting the number of children who are, quote, hospitalized with COVID as opposed to because of COVID.”

Cruz responded to Fauci’s statement by writing, “Now Fauci says this? Is this because pandemic politics have changed for the Biden admin?”

Now Fauci says this?nnIs this because pandemic politics have changed for the Biden admin?https://twitter.com/TPostMillennial/status/1476710278096166917u00a0u2026

— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)
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Detective will not face criminal charges after accidentally shooting to death his 15-year-old son

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A Jacksonville, North Carolina, police detective who fatally shot his 15-year-old son in the head during an incident over Christmas break will not face criminal charges.

What are the details?

Jacksonville Police Detective John Clukey and his 15-year-old son Alexander were “playing with toy guns” on Dec. 27 when the incident took place, according to a report from the Daily News.

The two were playing outside in the Clukey’s front yard when he shot Alexander in the head with a .45-caliber handgun.

According to reports, Clukey had his duty pistol on his side as the two played with a variety of AR-15-style airsoft guns that Alexander received for Christmas. When Clukey’s first airsoft pistol ran out of ammunition, he grabbed at his side for the second airsoft pistol, but grabbed his service pistol instead — and fired it at his 15-year-old’s head.

Clukey immediately called 911 and reported that his son was “playing with fake guns” and that “someone shot [him] with a real gun.”

While on the phone with dispatchers, Clukey could be heard telling his son, “I’m so sorry … Take me instead … Stay with me.”

Alexander was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries, which he succumbed to on Jan. 3.

Clukey was placed on administrative leave following the incident pending an internal investigation.

What else?

Wilmington District Attorney Brian David said that an investigation into the incident showed that Clukey believed he was grabbing the airsoft pistol rather than his holstered .45-caliber gun.

“There is no evidence that John Clukey intended the death or injury of Alexander Clukey,” David said. “No substantiated evidence of any domestic abuse or threats of abuse, or of any homicidal ideation or planning have been discovered. Everything about this incident shows a father who did not intend for this to happen.”

“Clukey, to be clear, should have been more careful than to have played an airsoft game while wearing a holster with a real firearm,” David added. “There’s no dispute about that.”

David concluded that the incident was nothing more than an “accidental shooting” as a “father and son were engaged in horseplay.”

“In the present instance there is insufficient proof that John Clukey acted in a negligent manner,” he said. “Accidents do happen.”

The district attorney added, “There is no question that the death of Alexander Clukey is a tragedy. By any objective measure, this is one of the most heartbreaking losses imaginable.”

Brooklyn woman caught on video spitting on young Jewish children, allegedly telling them, ‘Hitler should have killed you all’

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Police in Brooklyn, New York, arrested and charged a woman with a hate crime on Friday after she was reportedly seen on surveillance video spitting on, harassing, and yelling anti-Semitic insults at young Jewish children.

What are the details?

Christina Darling, 21, was reportedly caught on a security camera last week approaching an 8-year-old child and his two siblings — ages 7 and 2 — and spitting in his face before fleeing the scene on foot. The alleged hate crime took place in the Marine Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.

According to the children’s father, Darling referred to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and his genocidal actions against Jewish people during the Holocaust when she confronted his children.

”This woman passed by them, yelled at them. Something along the lines of Hitler should have killed you all,” the father, Aryah Fried, told WCBS-TV.


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Fried then added that his son responded defiantly to the woman’s words in defense of his little sister, prompting her to turn around and come back at them.

“I gotta teach him not to engage, but he engaged. And she came running back at him, spat in his face, and told him we will kill you all, I know where you live, and we’ll make sure to get you all next time,” Fried said.

The incident reportedly took place on Jan. 14, just after noon. The young children were playing outside in the neighborhood as they usually do, Fried said. They reportedly said they had never seen Darling before.

Darling, reportedly a student at St. Francis College, has been charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime, acting in a manner injurious to a child, and menacing, according to NYPD Crimestoppers.

UPDATE in anti-Jewish Hate Crime involving 8YO child. Thanks to help from the public, HCTF Detectives, assisted by Bklyn South Warrants, narrested:nDarling, Christina 21nBrooklynnnCharges:nAggravated Harassment/Hate CrimenAct in Manner Injurious to Child — NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPD Hate Crimes)
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Fried said he hopes “she understands the severity of what she did,” adding, “To do it to anybody is obviously problematic, but for an adult to do it to a child is just beyond crazy.”

What else?

In a video post on YouTube following Darling’s arrest, a representative of the group Americans Against Antisemitism said, “Thank God this person was just arrested by the New York City Police Department.”

“But what in God’s name is going on?” the representative asked. “Where is this hatred coming from?”

“We need to address where this Jew hatred is coming from,” he added.

Texas judge blocks Biden’s federal worker vaccine mandate

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A federal district court judge in Texas has blocked President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal workers, dealing the administration another stinging court defeat.

Judge Jeffrey Brown of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, a Trump appointee, said that the president’s order exceeded his authority and harmed the “liberty interests of employees.”

“The court notes at the outset that this case is not about whether folks should get vaccinated against COVID-19 — the court believes they should. It is not even about the federal government’s power, exercised properly, to mandate vaccination of its employees,” Brown wrote in his opinion.

“It is instead about whether the President can, with the stroke of a pen and without the input of Congress, require millions of federal employees to undergo a medical procedure as a condition of their employment. That, under the current state of the law as just recently expressed by the Supreme Court, is a bridge too far,” he said.

The judge granted a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking Biden’s order from taking effect.

Brown’s order follows a Supreme Court decision earlier this month that struck down Biden’s direction to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to mandate that businesses with 100 or more employees have their workers vaccinated against or regularly tested for COVID-19. In a 6-3 vote, the court declared that OSHA lacked the authority to impose such a mandate.

Biden’s requirements that federal employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine or be fired, with no testing option, were estimated to impact more than 3.5 million federal workers. The mandate went into effect in November, and on Friday White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced that 98% of federal workers have complied.

“We are confident in our legal authority here,” she said.

The Biden Department of Justice immediately said it would appeal the ruling.

The plaintiff in the suit is the group Feds for Medical Freedom, which represents federal employees opposed to the vaccine mandate. The Washington Examiner reported that the group consists of 39 unnamed federal workers across the government at the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Justice, State, and Treasury, as well as the CIA.

“I believe that our lawsuit is based on sound research and how the federal employment discrimination law has been developed over the past four decades,” Carol Thompson, an attorney for the plaintiff, told the Examiner Tuesday. “I do also see that this may be something that doesn’t end at the federal district court level, given that there are different federal district courts coming out in different ways. I perceive it as being an issue that ultimately is possibly going to be seen by the Supreme Court, potentially.”