President Joe Biden courted controversy earlier this year when he announced a series of executive orders aimed at forcing Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
However, those orders have since hit a series of legal roadblocks, and a new report suggests that they could be facing one more.
According to Fox News, the conservative Heritage Foundation has filed a lawsuit challenging Biden’s requirement that companies with over 100 workers must verify their employees’ vaccination status.
Lawsuit claims that OSHA vaccine mandate is unconstitutional
Kevin Roberts took over leadership of the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, and he put out a statement condemning the employee mandate as a “gross abuse of power.”
Roberts argued that use of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to mandate vaccination “clearly encroaches on the police power of states expressly reserved by the Tenth Amendment.”
What’s more, he also contends that the president’s OHSA rule “exceeds the federal government’s authority under the Commerce Clause.”
“I wish this lawsuit were unnecessary,” Roberts went on, adding. “I wish we had an administration in the White House that respected the Constitution and the rule of law.”
“Under my predecessors, The Heritage Foundation has stood rock-solid in defense of liberty, freedom, and opportunity for all, and it will continue to do so under my leadership,” he explained.
Roberts stressed how his organization “has not historically filed lawsuits” yet feels compelled to do so now because “we view this mandate as deadly serious threat to our individual liberty and the values that make America great.”
Federal court blocks requirement for healthcare workers to be vaccinated in 10 states
News of the Heritage Foundation’s lawsuit comes even as Forbes magazine reported this week that the Biden administration is backing down from its threat to fire federal workers who were not vaccinated by its November 22 deadline.
Instead, noncompliant workers will now be given an “education and counseling period” before facing the final threat of termination early next year.
Meanwhile, Fox News revealed on Monday that U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp blocked a requirement that healthcare workers be vaccinated, with his injunction taking affect in 10 states.