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Over the weekend, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay of the requirement by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration that those workers be vaccinated by Jan. 4 or face mask requirements and weekly tests.

The White House expects the new regulation created last week to “impact over 80 million workers in private sector businesses.”

Texas’ Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted Saturday “Yesterday, I sued the Biden Admin over its unlawful OSHA vax mandate.” He then added “WE WON. Just this morning, citing “grave statutory and constitutional issues,” the 5th Circuit stayed the mandate. The fight is not over and I will never stop resisting this Admin’s unconstitutional overreach.”

His case was joined by the court into a master case which included several other states in the 5th Circuit, as well as a long list of large employers who also filed several separate actions seeking the same relief.

The Judge who issued the order wrote “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 Government shall respond to the petitioners’ motion for a permanent injunction by 5:00 PM on Monday, November 8. The petitioners shall file any reply by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 9.”

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said the action stops Democratic President Joe Biden “from moving forward with his unlawful overreach.”

“The president will not impose medical procedures on the American people without the checks and balances afforded by the constitution,” said a statement from Landry, a Republican.

Solicitor of Labor Seema Nanda said the U.S. Department of Labor is “confident in its legal authority to issue the emergency temporary standard on vaccination and testing.”

OSHA has 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.

The brief filed by the Burnett Companies Consolidated, Inc. Choice Staffing, LLC and Staff Force, Inc., in a companion case, lays out the essential theory supporting the Order. “Of the nine emergency temporary standards published prior to this year, three were not challenged. The six that were challenged, only one was fully upheld, and most were stayed prior to enforcement. OSHA has once again acted illegally because, as shown below, the subsection that gives it authority issue an ETS violates the nondelegation doctrine under Article I, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.”

Such circuit decisions normally apply to states within a district – Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, in this case – but Landry said the language employed by the judges gave the decision a national scope.