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By Kanishka Singh
(Reuters) – Eleven U.S. states with Republican governors sued the Biden administration on Friday looking for to dam a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors, arguing it’s unconstitutional and violates federal procurement regulation.
Saying they had been essential to struggle COVID-19, President Joe Biden issued a pair of govt orders on Sept. 9 requiring all govt department federal staff and federal contractors be vaccinated.
A joint lawsuit was filed within the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Of Missouri by 10 states, Arkansas, Alaska, Missouri, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Texas filed a separate go well with on the identical concern, and Florida filed one on Thursday.
The lawsuits on Friday described the mandate as “sweeping in its scope” and “unconstitutional and unlawful,” citing a constitutional modification on state powers and federal legal guidelines on government procurement.
The mandate “is an abuse of power and we won’t stand for it,” Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds mentioned in a video on Twitter (NYSE:).
“It will only worsen the workforce shortage and supply chain issues that hinder our economic recovery and it furthers the unprecedented government intrusion into our lives,” Reynolds mentioned.
The White House set a Dec. 8 deadline for staff of federal contractors to be vaccinated. However, it has signaled contractors have flexibility in implementing that deadline.
U.S. courts have largely upheld vaccination necessities imposed by employers, universities, states and cities.
About 58% of the U.S. inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated and over 66% have acquired one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, in line with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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