In a letter to President Joe Biden on Thursday, two dozen Republican attorneys general warned that if the White House’s proposal to require vaccines for 100 million Americans is enacted, they would seek legal action.
23 Attorneys General Criticized Biden’s Vaccine Mandate
In a recently published article in Newsweek, Biden’s proposed legislation, which would force a government vaccine requirement on private-sector employees, health-care professionals, and federal contractors, has been attacked by Republican prosecutors.
The vaccine mandate, which was announced earlier this month, is being implemented through an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation in an effort to protect Americans from the more lethal delta variant of COVID-19, which has accounted for the majority of the country’s recent COVID-19 cases.
The letter was signed by the Attorneys General of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming, per MSN News.
About two-thirds of private-sector employees are covered by OSHA regulations, which will be in force just for six months before being replaced by a more permanent solution. Employers that violate the law risk a maximum punishment of $13,600 per violation.
As soon as the rule is released, it will go into force in the 29 states where OSHA has authority, according to a primer written by the legal firm Fisher Phillips. Similar restrictions may be put in place within 30 days in states with federally-authorized occupational safety agencies, including California and North Carolina.
Other Groups that Criticized Biden’s Vaccine Mandate
Biden’s attempts to seize control of private companies and workers have prompted criticism from Republican leaders and certain labor unions. Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina was among the first to speak out, stating on Twitter that his state would fight to the gates of hell to protect the rights and livelihood of every South Carolinian.
According to Wilson’s letter to Biden, the vaccination “edict is equally illegal,” since just one of 10 emergency temporary OSHA rules has been upheld by courts in recent decades. “Edict is unlikely to win hearts and minds-it would simply deepen skepticism about vaccines,” the prosecution said in their warning to the jury.
Additionally, they stated in their letter that the vaccine mandate is a threat to individual liberty as well as public health, displacing vulnerable workers and worsening an already dire staffing crisis in hospitals throughout the country. Instead of mandating vaccinations or testing on a weekly basis, the prosecutors recommended that some companies enable employees to work remotely rather than reporting in person.