President Joe Biden will enforce a federal mandate that workers at U.S. companies with at least 100 employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly starting on Jan. 4, a reprieve to businesses facing labor shortages during the holiday season, U.S. officials said on Thursday. Con…
One day after suing in an Oklahoma City federal court to stop President Joe Biden’s executive order requiring all federal contractors be vaccinated against COVID-19, Oklahoma’s attorney general said he has joined six other states in asking an Ohio-based court to block a different Biden administration vaccination mandate.
Attorney General John O’Connor and the six others asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to stay a U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule requiring COVID-19 vaccination of all employees in workplaces of 100 or more.
The petition asks the court to make a final determination of the rule by Nov. 12, opening the way for a possible U.S. Supreme Court hearing.
Besides O’Connor, the petition was signed by the attorneys general of Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Kansas, Idaho and West Virginia.
“The Biden administration continuously uses federal overreach to strip away Americans’ constitutional rights, and I will continue to defend the rule of law against this absurd abuse of power,” O’Connor said in a written statement.
Federal courts, including the Supreme Court, have in the past consistently ruled that state and local governments can enforce mandatory vaccination laws to prevent the spread of contagious disease.
“I promised Oklahomans that we would sue the Biden administration for its unlawful vaccine mandates as soon as the rules were made public and that is exactly what we’ve done,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt in a written release.
“We’ve asked the courts to immediately intervene and stop President Biden from demanding that American citizens comply with the federal government’s order to get a vaccine to keep their jobs,” Stitt said.
The mandates are scheduled to become effective Jan. 4.
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