The state of Florida on Thursday sued President Joe Biden’s administration over its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors, opening yet one more battleground between Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and the White Home.
The lawsuit, introduced by DeSantis at a information convention, alleges the president does not have the authority to difficulty the rule and that it violates procurement regulation.
DeSantis has vowed authorized motion over federal vaccination necessities and fought masking and vaccine guidelines carried out by native governments in Florida. He lately introduced he would name state lawmakers to the Capitol subsequent month to cross laws to fight vaccine mandates enacted by personal companies. DeSantis is eyeing a potential 2024 presidential run and has been constant in his criticism of Biden’s dealing with of the pandemic and different points.
The case was filed in U.S. District Court docket in Tampa and names Biden, NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson in addition to White Home contracting officers as defendants.
Along with a vaccine mandate for federal contractors, which is about to enter impact in December, Biden has additionally introduced that non-public employers with 100 or extra employees must require them to be vaccinated or examined weekly. The roughly 17 million employees at well being services that obtain federal Medicare or Medicaid additionally must be absolutely vaccinated. Extra particulars on the insurance policies are anticipated to be launched quickly.
Biden has argued that the sweeping mandates will assist finish a pandemic that has claimed the lives of greater than 740,000 Individuals.
However Republicans nationwide have opposed the vaccination necessities and have threatened to carry comparable authorized challenges. On Wednesday, 21 Republican state attorneys normal despatched a letter to the president saying they assume his vaccination mandate for federal contractors “stands on shaky authorized floor,” is complicated to contractors and will exacerbate supply-chain issues.