A group of federal workers, including military service members, filed suit against the President Joe Biden administration on Sept. 23 following his mandate that all federal workers be vaccinated or face termination, The Daily Wire reported.
The COVID-19 vaccine mandate includes full-time federal employees, contracted employees, and members of the U.S. military.
The order did provide for religious and medical exemptions to the mandate but removed an option for weekly testing in lieu of vaccination.
Plaintiffs cited “voracious appetites for power” by elected officials and held nothing back in their opinions on Biden’s mandate.
Workers vs. Biden
“Besides its constitutional and statutory claims, the lawsuit, prepared by attorneys in Virginia and San Diego, contains vituperative language for a legal filing, citing the administration’s ‘authoritarian grip’ on the nation and the country’s ‘forty-seven year subjugation’ to Biden’s ‘vapid political career,'” The Washington Post reported.
The vaccine mandate was part of a larger Biden admin strategy that included a vaccine mandate for all employees at companies with more than 100 workers, but that mandate also allowed weekly testing as an alternative to receiving a vaccination.
The Biden-issued mandate for private companies was framed as a new regulation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), but that particular regulation has not yet been issued.
Biden claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic was one “of the unvaccinated,” adding at the time that some 80 million people remained unvaccinated in the U.S. despite the vaccines being free and available for five months.
The president accused some elected officials of actively opposing “the fight against COVID-19″ by opposing vaccine mandates. “Instead of encouraging people to get vaccinated and mask up, they’re ordering mobile morgues for the unvaccinated dying from COVID in their communities. This is totally unacceptable,” Biden said.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had already mandated in August that all U.S. service members be vaccinated, which prompted U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Robert and U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Hollie Mulvihill to file a lawsuit against him at that time.
The two argued that those with natural immunity after being infected with the COVID-19 virus should not be required to take a vaccination.
“DoD instruction policy reflects the well-established understanding that prior infection provides the immune system’s best possible response to the virus,” the pair argued in their legal filings.