Majority of states sue Biden administration over vaccine mandate

As the Biden administration insisted it has the power to require large companies to effectively force their employees to get vaccinated, a majority of states in the union responded with a resounding, “No.”

According to a White House fact sheet, companies with 100 or more employees have until Jan. 4 “to ensure each of their workers is fully vaccinated or tests for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis.”

Employees who do not get vaccinated have to wear a mask at work. The penalty for employers who don’t comply? Up to $14,000 for every violation, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Now, at least 27 states, including three led by Democratic governors, have sued the Biden administration over this mandate, according to The Associated Press.

“The federal government can’t just unilaterally impose medical policy under the guise of workplace regulation,” Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a press conference on Thursday, according to Reuters.

Florida is part of a joint lawsuit with Georgia and Alabama that cites First Amendment grounds as reason for the mandate to be struck down.

Another 11 states, led by Missouri Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt, say in their lawsuit that the mandate is “unconstitutional, unlawful, and unwise,” The New York Times reported.

“Local business owners have told me that the vaccine mandate would decimate their businesses,” Schmitt added.

Even leaders in three Democratic-led states — Kentucky, Louisiana, and Kansas — think the mandate goes too far.

“States have been leading the fight against COVID-19 from the start of the pandemic,” Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday.

“It is too late to impose a federal standard now that we have already developed systems and strategies that are tailored for our specific needs,” she added.

On Saturday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a stay that blocks the mandate from going into effect, for now, Reuters reported.

“Yesterday, I sued the Biden Admin over its unlawful OSHA vax mandate. WE WON. Just this morning, citing ‘grave statutory and constitutional issues,’ the 5th Circuit stayed the mandate,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted.

“The fight is not over and I will never stop resisting this Admin’s unconstitutional overreach!”

States weren’t the only entities to take legal action.

The Daily Wire, a conservative media company, also filed suit. The company “objected on several fronts, including the idea that employers will have to track which workers have been vaccinated and treat those who have received shots differently from those who have not,” the AP reported.

“What the government is asking us to do is discriminate against our own employee over their own personal health care decisions,” Daily Wire co-CEO Jeremy Boreing said in a statement.