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Nineteen US states file lawsuits against Biden’s vaccine mandate

16:59, 30 October 2021
Nineteen US states file lawsuits against Biden’s vaccine mandate Photo: Keiko Hiromi/AFLO

Several lawsuits from nineteen US states have been filed against Joe Biden’s office to cancel the mandatory vaccination requirement, arguing that the mandate violates federal law.

There were four lawsuits filed separately in federal district courts in Missouri, Georgia, Texas and Florida.

The federal court of Missouri has received lawsuits from Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Wyoming as Georgia’s federal court got documents from Georgia, Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina, Utah, and West Virginia. Texas sued solely. Later Florida filed another lawsuit with the same complaint summing up the number of states opposing Biden’s mandate to 19.

The following states appealed to a federal judge to annul Biden’s order that obliges all the employees of federal contractors to be inoculated against coronavirus by December 8, expressing a complaint that the requirement breaches federal procurement law and is an abuse of power.

“If the federal government attempts to unconstitutionally exert its will and force federal contractors to mandate vaccinations, the workforce and businesses could be decimated, further exacerbating the supply chain and workforce crises,” Attorney General for Missouri Eric Schmitt, a Republican, said in a statement. “The federal government should not be mandating vaccinations, and that’s why we filed suit today - to halt this illegal, unconstitutional action.”

A Republican Attorney for New Hampshire, John Formella, approves the use of vaccines and considers them to be safe and effective, however, the benefits must “not justify violating the law.”