Mississippi sues Biden over federal contractor vaccine mandate: ‘Desperate act of a fading president’

The state of Mississippi sued the Biden administration Thursday over its mandate requiring companies that contract with the federal government to ensure their employees are vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“In an effort to check the box on universal vaccination, President Biden has vastly overreached his authority, putting the jobs of one-fifth of the American workforce in jeopardy and violating vital principles, including state sovereignty, the rule of law, and religious liberty,” Mississippi Republican Attorney General Lynn Fitch said in a statement.

“The very fact that his own Administration is contradicting itself in directives carrying out his mandate is strong evidence of its lack of any foundation in fact or law. State Attorneys General asked the President to halt the mandate, and in the absence of any response, we are taking this legal action,” Fitch added.

Mississippi, a state of roughly 3 million people, was joined in filing suit by Louisiana and Indiana.

Among other claims, the lawsuit says the Biden administration mandate violates the U.S. Constitution’s Spending Clause and 10th Amendment.

In a statement, Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves called the mandate “unprecedented” and “unconstitutional.”

“The Biden administration has time and time again shown a total disregard for Americans’ individual liberties,” he said. “The unprecedented and clearly unconstitutional contractor vaccine mandate is the desperate act of a fading president frustrated by Americans exercising their fundamental rights of freedom and self-determination.”

Mississippi is also one of at least 27 states to sue the Biden administration for mandating that large companies require their employees be either vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested every week.

Mississippi joined Texas, South Carolina, Louisiana, Utah, and a number of private organizations in filing that second suit.

“In the President’s own announcement of this misguided mandate, he notes that 70 percent of adult Americans are fully vaccinated. The number of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continues to drop,” Fitch said in a statement.

“But President Biden is blindly determined to reach 100% vaccination, regardless of the cost in jobs, economic growth, and liberty. President Biden’s vaccine mandates are an affront to foundational American principles, and I will continue to fight them in court.”

On Saturday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit blocked the Biden the mandate from going into effect.

“Because the petitions give cause to believe there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate, the Mandate is hereby STAYED pending further action by this court,” the court’s order read.

Reeves celebrated the ruling.

“Huge update on Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate on private business,” he tweeted Saturday. “Yesterday, Mississippi filed a lawsuit to block it. Today, courts have temporarily BLOCKED it as a result of our suit. The fight continues, but this is a big first step.”