(Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the last of the Biden administration's covid-19 vaccine mandate for companies, saying the government exceeded its powers by requiring millions of federal contractors to be inoculated.
. was the latest setback for President Joe Biden, who announced a series of measures in September aimed at increasing the vaccination rate to combat the pandemic that continues to kill more than 1,000 Americans daily.
"Abuse of power by the Biden administration has been stopped cold again "" The Republican prosecutor in South Carolina, Alan Wilson, who joined the trial, said in a statement.
US. District Judge Stan Baker in Savannah, Georgia, said Congress did not clearly approve the president to use procurement to impose a vaccine requirement on contractors that will have "great economic and political significance."
The lawsuit was filed by the states of Alabama, Georgia, Indiana , Kansas, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia as well as a trade group for building contractors.
The rule required contractors to have employees fully vaccinated by January 1
The contractor requirement was intended to improve efficiency among government suppliers by reducing outbreaks and was far-reaching. for those who work remotely.  Tuesday's decision by Judge Baker, a President-elect Donald Trump, temporarily shut down the last remaining business mandate that Mr. Bid sv had announced, as courts have found that the government has exceeded its authority to enforce the rules.
These mandates were questioned by Republican governors, business associations and conservative civil liberties groups.
Disputes are likely to continue for months and may be revived. the rules, which covered nearly 100 million workers, even though about 83% of American adults have received at least one syringe, according to government data. Workers vaccinated or have them tested weekly.
A requirement for most healthcare professionals to be vaccinated was blocked last week.
The pandemic has killed more than 780,000 Americans, slowed economic growth and slashed supply chains.
Compulsory vaccination has become an increasingly popular tool in the fight against the pandemic and has increased the U.S. vaccination rate.
Although Biden's administration plans have been frustrated in court, judges have maintained mandates from private employers, universities and state and local authorities.
Biden Administration's Demands for Military and Civilian State Employees Survived Court Challenges.