White House Faces Missouri-Led Barrage of Lawsuits over Jab Mandate

Apart the harsh criticism from Republican-ruled states and cities, President Biden’s plan to curb COVID-19 spread now faces a serious legal challenge after at least 20 US attorneys general decided to sue his administration to defy mandatory jabs.

In a bid to block vaccine mandates for federal contractors and federally contracted employees, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed the lawsuit that accusing the administration of 12 counts of violations, including overreaching its federal authority by breaching the 10th Amendment, the Procurement Act and the principles of federalism and of usurping the states’ police powers

The lawsuit, filed on Friday, states that the contractor jab mandate will cause mass resignations of unvaccinated employees of federal contractors, causing disruptive consequences that will have negative impact on both the economy and the efficiency’ of the marketplace.”

Schmitt has argued that the mandate could trigger workforce shortages in the country and further aggravate and exacerbating the ongoing supply chain and workforce crises in the United States.

Missouri AG also claims that the mandate issued through Executive Order 14042 is unconstitutional since neither Article II of the U.S. Constitution nor any act of Congress authorizes defendants to implement the vaccine mandate, leaving such powers reserved to the States.

Among those who have joined the motion is Texas AG General Ken Paxton, whose state has been one of the most zealous opponents of mandatory COVID-19 regulations.

After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order prohibiting all vaccine mandates by any entity in mid-October, Paxton has now filed the lawsuit asking the federal court in Galveston to declare the jab mandate unlawful and to issue preliminary and permanent injunctive relief barring it from being enforced.

The lawsuit argues that Biden administration is trying to accomplish universal compliance with their vaccine mandates, regardless of individual preferences, healthcare needs, or religious beliefs- something they cannot achieve directly- by using subterfuge.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp filed a separate lawsuit Earlier on Friday challenging the mandate joined by state leaders from Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia.

Previously on Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has filed a lawsuit in a Tampa federal court seeking a preliminary nationwide injunction.

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