COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Eleven states filed lawsuits Friday to end President Joe Biden’s tenure on the COVID-19 vaccine for federal contractors, arguing the requirement violates federal law.
The attorneys general of Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming signed the lawsuit, which has been filed in Missouri federal district court.
States have asked a federal judge to block Biden’s requirement that all employees of federal contractors be vaccinated against the coronavirus, arguing that the warrant violates federal government procurement law and is an undue assault on federal power.
“If the federal government tries to exercise its will unconstitutionally and force federal contractors to impose vaccinations, the workforce and businesses could be decimated, further exacerbating the supply chain crisis. and the workforce, ”Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican, said in a statement. . “The federal government shouldn’t force vaccinations, and that’s why we filed a lawsuit today – to end this illegal and unconstitutional action.”
New Hampshire Republican Attorney General John Formella said in a statement that COVID vaccines are safe, effective and encouraged, but the benefits “do not justify breaking the law.”
That lawsuit, along with one filed Friday by Texas and Thursday by Florida, brings to 12 the number of states challenging the Biden administration’s mandate in three federal courts.
Biden argued that a broad vaccination mandate would help end the deadly pandemic, but Republicans nationwide have opposed vaccination requirements and threatened to issue similar legal challenges.
Texas filed a similar lawsuit Friday in a federal district court in Galveston, Texas, seeking to block the execution of the warrant.
“The Biden administration has repeatedly expressed its contempt for Americans who choose not to be vaccinated, and it has committed repeated and abusive excesses by the federal government to impose something on Americans that they do not want,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, said in a statement. “The federal government does not have the capacity to deny individuals of their choice whether or not to be vaccinated. If the president thinks his patience is running out, he clearly underestimates the lack of patience of the Texans whose rights he is violating.
Another group of states led by Georgia announced on Friday that it would take similar federal lawsuits in that state in an attempt to block the demands of the contractors. Other states that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says are joining the case include Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, West Virginia, and Utah, as well as South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.
The complaint had not been filed when it was announced and Georgian officials did not immediately provide a copy of the complaint.
“We will not allow the Biden administration to circumvent the law or force hard-working Georgians to choose between their livelihood or this vaccine,” Kemp, a Republican, said in a statement.
The Democratic Party of Georgia called the trial a “dangerous political coup.”
Florida filed a separate lawsuit against the federal mandate on Thursday. This lawsuit also alleged that the president did not have the authority to issue the rule and that it violated government procurement law.
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