Tennessee House Speaker Celebrates Court Ruling Blocking Vaccine Mandates


Tennessee’s Republican House Speaker is celebrating after a federal judge Tuesday struck down President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers.

“Speaker Sexton has always maintained that federal mandates imposed on Americans by the Biden administration were unconstitutional,” Doug Kufner, Communications Director for Tennessee’s House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) told The Tennessee Star Wednesday. “These injunctions are the first step in preserving the constitutional rights of Tennesseans and all Americans.”

Biden’s vaccine mandate, announced late in the summer, compelled employees of companies with more than 100 employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine, or be fired.

For healthcare workers, that mandate was set to take effect next week, though many were given an earlier deadline by their respective companies.

“There is no question that mandating a vaccine to 10.3 million health care workers is something that should be done by Congress, not a government agency,”U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana Judge Terry Doughty, wrote in his decision. “It is not clear that even an act of Congress mandating a vaccine would be constitutional.”

A different ruling halted the imposition of vaccine mandates for employees of companies that have contracts with the federal government.

All of this occurred after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals halted Biden’s vaccine mandates entirely, and the Occupational Heath and Safety Administration (OSHA) dropped its enforcement of the mandates.

While the Biden Administration has been dealing with the setbacks in federal courts nationwide, the Tennessee legislature has been working hard to defy those vaccine orders at the state level.

On November 12, Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed a flurry of bills into law restricting COVID-19 mandates, particularly banning private businesses from requiring their employees to take the vaccine.

Other legislation banned private entities from requiring proof of vaccination, and limited when public entities can require mask mandates.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Cameron Sexton” by Speaker Cameron Sexton. Background Photo “COVID-19 Vaccine” by






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4 Thoughts to “Tennessee House Speaker Celebrates Court Ruling Blocking Vaccine Mandates”

  1. Horatio Bunce

    If only there was an elected supermajority that represented the people instead of a handful of corporate interests, Tennesseans wouldn’t have to count on unelected federal judges to do their job.

    (see “exempt entities” that had already applied and already been approved as exempt – on the conveniently already-created state web page – from the special session omnibus on November 12 when Lee signed the bill)

    1. 83ragtop50

      Horatio – You hit the nail exactly on the head. Sexton and McNally put up a facade called a special session in which they apparently did their very best to kill any serious legislation. They need to be booted out come election time.

  2. Steve Allen


    The so called “vaccines” don’t stop you from being infected with the covid virus, but everyone is supposed to get “vaccinated”.

    It is proven that masks do not stop the virus, but everyone is supposed to wear a mask.

    The newest version of the virus has yet to even kill anyone, but the government and the MSM (who we know are one in the same) are already pumping Americans full of fear. This is loonesy! People are being rounded up and placed in internment camps in Australia, and some EU countries or on the verge of enacting “vaccine” passports. All of this to “stop” a virus that has a >98% survival rate. As it mutates it becomes more communicable and LESS deadly. Eventually it will become just another version of the flu. The forces of evil have taken control of the democrats and the current administration. All of this government oppression has very little to do with actually “stopping” the virus, and everything to do with turning the world into a socialist dystopia.

  3. LM

    Keep chasing all of the healthcare workers with COVID shots, and soon there won’t be enough healthcare workers. There is already a shortage- they are burned out and sick of getting abused. Say what you want “oh , they signed on for it” or “good riddance if they don’t get a COVID vaccine” but those snarky little remarks won’t treat your chest pain or your injuries. Sure , there are people who will work for double and triple pay, but there are still only so many. And what is that going to do to healthcare costs and insurance premiums?