Attorneys general from 11 states sued President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday, arguing that a new vaccine requirement for workers at enterprises with more than 100 employees is unconstitutional.
The complaint, filed in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, claims that states, not the federal government, have the jurisdiction to compel vaccinations.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, one of several Republicans seeking for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat next year, filed a court statement saying, “This compulsion is illegal, unlawful, and foolish.”
Companies with more than 100 employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have their workers tested weekly for the virus, and they must wear masks on the workplace, according to new Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements. The requirement is set to begin on January 4th. Penalties of over $14,000 per infraction could be imposed if you don’t comply.
According to Schmitt, Missouri has 3,443 private firms with approximately 1.3 million employees who could be affected by the vaccine requirement.
“To safeguard personal freedoms, maintain Missouri businesses, and push back on bureaucratic dictators who merely want power and control,” he said he filed the lawsuit.
As a speedy way out of the pandemic, the Biden administration has pushed for universal immunizations. The order, according to a White House official, is meant to stem the spread of a disease that has claimed the lives of more than 750,000 people in the United States.
The Republican attorneys general of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming joined Missouri in the lawsuit. The action was also joined by the office of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, as well as a number of private, nonprofit, and religious organisations.
On Thursday, The Daily Wire, a conservative news organisation, filed a lawsuit in federal court. Companies in Michigan and Ohio that were represented by a conservative advocacy legal firm, as well as two Wisconsin manufacturers, all agreed.
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