A judge on Thursday issued a temporary restraining order blocking President Joe Biden from firing several unvaccinated federal employees, including active-duty military members, named in the suit challenging the president’s vaccinate mandate as unconstitutional.
The plaintiffs are seeking religious exemption from the Biden vaccine mandate for federal workers, first formally announced on September 9.
“None of the civilian employee plaintiffs will be subject to discipline while his or her request for a religious exception is pending,” Washington, D.C., District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered, according to Fox News.
Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s ruling added that “active duty military plaintiffs, whose religious exception requests have been denied, will not be disciplined or separated during the pendency of their appeals.”
Politico and lawyer Jenna Ellis posted the ruling on Twitter on Thursday: “This is an amazing development from the DC District Court in the stand for OUR RIGHTS against the unconstitutional vaccine mandates,” she wrote.
BREAKING: @Yoder_Esq with a HUGE WIN in Church v. Biden.
(Yes, that’s the actual case caption. For those playing along, 1:21-cv-2815)
This is an amazing development from the DC District Court in the stand for OUR RIGHTS against the unconstitutional vaccine mandates. pic.twitter.com/kWus7XQ4pp
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) October 28, 2021
“The court further ordered the defendants in the Biden administration to file a supplemental notice by noon on Friday that indicates whether they will agree that no plaintiff will be disciplined or terminated pending the court’s ruling,” Fox News noted.
Immediately following Biden’s announcement of the vaccine dictate, Mike Yoder, the plaintiffs’ lawyer, made an announcement of his own. “I will be immediately filing suit against [Joe Biden] regarding his [overboard] & unconstitutional vaccine mandate,” he posted to Twitter.
“Your executive order may not be about freedom, but this lawsuit sure as hell is,” Yoder added.
I will be immediately filing suit against @JoeBiden regarding his overbroad & unconstitutional vaccine mandate.
Your executive order may not be about freedom, but this lawsuit sure as hell is
— Mike Yoder (@Yoder_Esq) September 9, 2021
A day before Yoder received the temporary restraining order in his favor, he raged against the mandate online.
“Under Biden, exercising your religious freedoms will get your fired, for cause and you lose your benefits,” he wrote. “But if you perjure yourself like FBI’s Andy McCabe, you’ll get a pension, $200,000 in backpay, & $500,000 worth of attorneys fees.”
In an op-ed, The Hill noted this month that McCabe “settled” with the DOJ, “eliminat[ing] all consequences” for the finding that he lied under oath: “The agreement does not change the findings of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz that McCabe lied under oath to investigators on three occasions; it simply eliminates all consequences for doing so.”
Under Biden, exercising your religious freedoms will get your fired, for cause and you lose your benefits.
But if you perjure yourself like FBI’s Andy McCabe, you’ll get a pension, $200,000 in backpay, & $500,000 worth of attorneys fees.
— Mike Yoder (@Yoder_Esq) October 27, 2021
Biden said in September that mandatory vaccination and testing and mask requirements are not just federal employees, but many private businesses, too.
“Companies with at least 100 employees must require their employees get vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 tests under a new Biden administration plan to combat the coronavirus and encourage vaccination,” The Daily Wire reported at the time. “President Joe Biden is scheduled to outline a revamped federal strategy to address COVID-19 that includes far more invasive regulations and restrictions than the federal government has put in place to date. Part of Biden’s six-point plan involves cracking down on 100+ employee companies to push their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.”
According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Labor Department plans to issue an emergency temporary standard in a matter of weeks “implementing the new requirement, which will cover 80 million private-sector workers. … Businesses that don’t comply can face fines of up to $14,000 per violation, [officials] said.”
Notably, Daily Wire co-founder and co-CEO Jeremy Boreing quickly reacted to the announcement via Twitter, saying he would not comply with Biden’s dictates.
“The Daily Wire has well over 100 employees. We will not enforce Joe Biden’s unconstitutional and tyrannical vaccine mandate,” Boreing wrote. “We will use every tool at our disposal, including legal action, to resist this overreach. More to come.”
The Daily Wire has well over 100 employees. We will not enforce Joe Biden's unconstitutional and tyrannical vaccine mandate. We will use every tool at our disposal, including legal action, to resist this overreach.
More to come @realDailyWire.
— Jeremy Boreing (@JeremyDBoreing) September 9, 2021