Two dozen states on Thursday threatened legal action against President Joe Biden’s recent vaccine requirements if his administration does not change course.
In a letter addressed to President Biden, 24 Republican state attorneys general urged the president to reconsider his decision to require companies with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccinations and frequent coronavirus testing for workers, calling the plan “disastrous and counterproductive.”
“Mr. President, your vaccination mandate represents not only a threat to individual liberty, but a public health disaster that will displace vulnerable workers and exacerbate a nationwide hospital staffing crisis, with severe consequences for all Americans,” the letter reads.
The letter follows the announcement of Biden’s sweeping vaccine requirements last week, which includes an emergency rule from the Labor Department to require private sector companies with more than 100 employees to ensure workers get vaccinated against the coronavirus, or face weekly testing before going to work. In the days following the president’s announcement, several GOP leaders pushed back against Biden’s plan, in many cases threatening legal action.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the requirement an “assault on private businesses,” while Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts called it a “stunning violation of personal freedom and abuse of the federal government’s power.” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem tweeted that her state will “stand up to defend freedom,” telling Biden, “see you in court.” And Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the group will sue the Biden administration “to protect Americans and their liberties.”
Biden responded to reporters about the potential for legal action last week, telling those in opposition to “have at it.”
But broad support exists for the president’s new requirements, according to a poll released earlier this week, with three in five Americans supporting mandating vaccines across the federal government and in larger businesses. Still, while support is high among Democrats, just 30% of Republicans agree.