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BISMARCK, ND - Earlier today, federal district court Judge R. Stan Baker in Georgia issued a nationwide preliminary injunction suspending the federal contractor vaccine mandate. Judge Baker ruled against the Biden Administration, finding that the vaccine mandate in Executive Order 14042 violated the Procurement Act.
The contractor vaccine mandate would have applied to any employee of a contractor or subcontractor who was a party to a federal contract, even if the work they did was wholly unrelated to the contract, and even if it was not certain they would ever have worked in a location with an employee who was actually working on a federal contract.
“The Biden administration has yet again exceeded its authority in apparent disregard of the Constitution and the rule of law,” said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
In his Order, Judge Baker stated “As another Court that has preliminarily enjoined the same measure at issue in this case has stated, “[t]his case is not about whether vaccines are effective. They are. … However, even in times of crisis this Court must preserve the rule of law and ensure that all branches of government act within the bounds of their constitutionally granted authorities.”
Stenehjem noted that, with Judge Baker’s order, federal courts have now enjoined the three most invasive federal vaccine mandates. “I will continue to work with Attorneys General across the nation to protect the citizens of North Dakota from federal overreach.”
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