President Joe Biden might have had his first positive boost last week as House Dems passed his bipartisan infrastructure bill, but unfortunately for the president, his real fight has only just begun.
According to Fox News, as Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses that employ over 100 workers was set to take effect, not only was it temporarily blocked by a federal court, but it’s also now being challenged by Democratic governors, including Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D).
In a bombshell Friday tweet, Kelly announced that she doesn’t feel like such a mandate is the “most effective” solution for her state.
Governor Laura Kelly’s statement addressing the new federal vaccine mandate: pic.twitter.com/lAFAs3pQLK
— Governor Laura Kelly (@GovLauraKelly) November 5, 2021
Gov. Kelly’s explanation
Though she was careful to point out that she shares similar goals of keeping the public safe by encouraging vaccinations, Kelly made it clear that Biden’s mandate is simply not the answer for the people of Kansas, explaining that there are already systems in place to accomplish the state’s public safety goals.
“Yesterday, I reviewed the new vaccine mandate from the Biden Administration. While I appreciate the intention to keep people safe, a goal I share, I don’t believe this directive is the correct, or the most effective, solution for Kansas,” Kelly’s statement read.
The governor added: “States have been leading the fight against COVID-19 from the start of the pandemic. It is too late to impose a federal standard now that we have already developed systems and strategies that are tailored for our specific needs.”
“I will seek a resolution that continues to recognize the uniqueness of our state and builds on our ongoing efforts to combat a once-in-a-century crisis,” Gov. Kelly concluded.
Bad news for Biden
Kelly’s statement came just one day before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stunned the White House by issuing a temporary ruling that blocked Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate — an effort led by a squadron of Republican-led states, private businesses, and other groups.
“Because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate, the Mandate is hereby STAYED pending further action by this court,” the panel of judges on the court ruled Saturday morning, as Politico reported.
More groups, like the Republican National Committee (RNC), have announced that more lawsuits will be filed to block Biden’s mandate.
Although Biden’s White House has told the media on several occasions that they believe the mandate will be upheld, given the early defeat and growing backlash, it looks as though their assurances are wishful thinking at this point.