11 states sue Joe Biden’s commercial vaccine mandate

11 state attorneys general filed a complaint against the president on Friday at Joe Biden administrative, difficult a new vaccine requirement for workers in companies with more than 100 employees.

The lawsuit filed with the St. Louis-based 8th United States Court of Appeals argues that the power to impose vaccination rests with the states, not the federal government.

“This warrant is unconstitutional, illegal and reckless,” Missouri attorney general court record said Eric schmitt, one of the many republicans vying for the open seat of the US Senate Next year.

New Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations require companies with more than 100 employees demand that their workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested for the virus every week and wear masks at work. The requirement is to kick January 4th. Failure to comply could result in penalties of up to $ 14,000 per violation.

Schmitt said Missouri has 3,443 private employers who could be covered by the vaccine requirement, with nearly 1.3 million employees.

He said he sued “to protect personal freedoms, preserve Missouri businesses and fend off bureaucratic tyrants who just want power and control.”

The Biden administration encouraged generalized vaccinations as the fastest way out of the pandemic. A White House spokeswoman said on Thursday the mandate was to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 750,000 in the United States

The top legal official at the U.S. Department of Labor, which includes OSHA, said legal precedent allows it to make rules that keep workplaces safe and those rules take precedence over state laws.

Missouri was joined in the lawsuit by the Republican attorneys general from Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The office of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, has also joined the lawsuit, along with several private, nonprofit and religious employers.

The Daily Wire, a conservative media company, filed a challenge in federal court on Thursday. The same goes for Michigan and Ohio companies represented by a conservative law firm, as well as two manufacturers from Wisconsin represented by a conservative law firm.


Republished with permission from The Associated Press.

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