Attorneys general from 24 states, including Florida and Texas, announced Thursday that they will file a lawsuit against President Joe Biden if he insists on forcing vaccine mandates over private companies.
“The federal government cannot impose sweeping vaccine mandates, and this oppressive power grab is unprecedented and illegal,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said in a statement announcing the legal initiative.
She noted that the 24 prosecutors, mostly with Republican governments, urged in a letter sent Thursday to President Biden to remove the vaccine order if he does not want to risk “legal action.”
The prosecutors recall in the missive that last September 9 the Democrat announced a new emergency rule that will affect all companies with 100 employees or more, in which at least 80 million people work.
The prosecutors added that the President is overstepping his authority and point out that it is the states that by law must ensure and protect the safety and health of their citizens.
They stressed that “the states are prepared to file suit after the implementation of the planned mandate on private sector employees to receive a covid-19 injection, undergo weekly testing or be fired.”
According to prosecutors, “the risks of spreading covid-19 also vary widely depending on the nature of the business in question, many of which may have their employees, for example, work remotely.”
Biden also signed an executive order in early September that establishes a vaccination mandate for all 2.1 million U.S. federal government employees.
The letter is also signed by the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.