11 states sue over Biden’s vaccine mandate for large corporations

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Attorneys general from 11 states filed a lawsuit on Friday in an attempt to prevent the Biden administration from requiring large corporations to mandate coronavirus vaccinations, the latest sign of growing pushback against the federal government’s biggest effort to involve private companies in the fight against the virus.

“This mandate is unconstitutional, illegal and imprudent”, the filing in court He says. Attorney General Eric Schmitt of Missouri led the group that filed the lawsuit, which was joined by private and nonprofit groups.

The Biden administration on Thursday set January 4 as the deadline for large corporations for requires coronavirus vaccinations or start weekly tests of their workers.

The new ruleApplying to companies with 100 or more employees is expected to cover 84 million workers, including around 31 million unvaccinated.

Also on Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama has signed the law on employment protections for workers who claim a religious or health reason for not being vaccinated against Covid-19. In addition, he signed a law that requires parental consent to vaccinate minors against the coronavirus.

Friday’s lawsuit was filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the eighth circuit from Missouri and was joined by Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The office of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, also joined the cause.

The lawsuit came the day after attorneys general of Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio South to stop the vaccination mandate for federal contractors from entering into force.

The requirement for large private companies is the broadest and most politically controversial measure in the government’s efforts to combat the pandemic. Advocates general in at least 24 states have threatened to sue. Republican governors and some industry trade groups have spoken out against the requirement, and even 20 percent of US adults who remain unvaccinated may oppose the mandate.

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