Federal Court Blocks Joe Biden Administration From Prioritizing Grants Based on Sex and Race

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A federal appeals court this week barred the Biden government from prioritizing grants on the basis of race and gender in the restaurant aid program.

In a 2: 1 ruling, the Sixth Circuit Court issued a restraining order for a restaurant suing the Small Business Administration for questioning the use of race and gender preferences in distributing $ 28.6 billion to restaurant revitalization funds for provision. The court ruled that prioritizing socially and economically disadvantaged women and employers in the first 21 days of the application deadline violates the equal treatment requirement.

Judge Amul Thapar, who formulated the majority opinion, ruled that the federal government had no compelling interest in using racial preferences in awarding grants. He also wrote that even if the government had significant interest, its scheme was not tightly tailored to the interest due to the existence of ethnically neutral alternatives.

The verdict came from Jakes Bar and Grill, a restaurant jointly owned by Antonio Vitolo, who is white, and his Spanish wife. The judge found that Vitolo's wife, who owned 1 percent more of the restaurant, was eligible for priority processing. He then argued that politics "is plagued by other forms of sub-totalitarianism."

Mary Gill

31 May 2021

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