President Joe Biden’s federal vaccine mandate is experiencing another setback as the state of Montana delivers another blow to it.
On Twitter, Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mo.) posted, saying that Biden’s vaccine mandate is threatening the hospitals in Montana, its healthcare workers, and residents looking for access to essential care. “We must keep up this fight.”
BIG news for Montana. @JoeBiden's overreaching vaccine mandate threatens Montana hospitals, Montana healthcare workers and Montanans seeking access to essential care. We must keep up this fight. https://t.co/FbODecWdTG
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) November 30, 2021
This was a response to Montana’s Attorney General, Austin Knudsen, announcing that a federal judge approved their request for an injunction against the CMS vaccine mandate. Knudsen noted that this mandate has been blocked in all 50 states.
This was first revealed by the Montana Department of Justice.
In its announcement, the state’s DOJ wrote that the U.S. District Court Judge has granted Knudsen’s request for a preliminary injunction on the COVID vaccine mandate. The said mandate was originally scheduled to take effect on Monday, Dec. 6. 2021. The announcement further stated that the mandate is now stayed in every U.S. state.
Hundreds of Montanans at risk of losing their livelihoods from the president’s unlawful overreach can now breathe a sigh of relief.
Discrimination based on vaccination status is illegal in Montana, and we’ll continue to work to protect Montanans' rights.
— Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) November 30, 2021
Knudsen issued a statement in response to the news.
He said that in the last few weeks, he’s heard from Montana healthcare workers who were at risk of losing their jobs if they failed to comply with Biden’s overreaching federal vaccine mandate. Knudsen added that now that the CMS mandate is blocked in the state until the case is decided, medical workplaces and facilities do not have a reason to threaten their employees if they choose to not get the vaccine.
The announcement made by the Montana DOJ also revealed that “The judge enjoined and restrained the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, along with their directors, employees, Administrators and Secretaries from implementing the CMS mandate as to all healthcare providers, suppliers, owners, employees, and all others it attempts to cover.”
In the order, U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty said that during a pandemic, safeguarding the separation of powers stipulated in the Constitution has become even more significant to avoid the erosion of the people’s liberties. He noted that the liberty interests of people who are or choose to be unvaccinated also require nothing less.
According to the Montana DOJ, the preliminary injunction will stay in effect pending this case’s final resolution or until further orders were made by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
The nationwide injunction brought about by the Montana case has become another huge setback against Biden’s federal vaccine mandate. An earlier injunction that was brought about as a result of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services only applied to 10 states, but the case from Montana makes it crystal clear that this now applies in all states.