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The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Biden administration’s decision to temporarily block an order requiring companies with more than 100 employees to be vaccinated by January 4. News release Published by the Attorney General of Utah.

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Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes, along with five other states, filed the action on November 5, according to a Prior news release.

“While today’s victory is significant, we look forward to advancing argument, litigation and legislative action on all fronts to protect the constitutional liberties of our citizens,” Reyes said.

“Since the petitions give reason to believe that there are serious statutory and constitutional issues with the mandate, the mandate has been adjourned for further action by this Court,” according to Court order.

FILE – Protesters gather at the March for Freedom rally, protesting against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city workers and contractors. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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

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

At least 27 states filed lawsuits challenging the rule in several circuits, some of which were made more conservative by the judicial appointments of former Republican President Donald Trump.

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The Biden administration is encouraging widespread vaccination as the fastest way to end the pandemic that has claimed more than 750,000 lives in the United States.

The administration says it believes the requirement, which includes a penalty of about $14,000 per violation, will face legal challenges because its safety rules pre-empt state laws.