Dem governor comes out as against Pres. Biden’s vaccine mandate

In a surprise move, one Democratic governor just came out against President Joe Biden’s latest coronavirus vaccine mandate.

Fox News reports Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) as stating that Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate is not the “most effective” or “correct” approach for her state. 

“Yesterday, I reviewed the new vaccine mandate from the Biden Administration,” Kelly wrote. “While I appreciate the intention to keep people safe, a goal I share, I don’t believe this directive is the correct, or the most effective, solution for Kansas.”

The statement continues:

States have been leading the fight against COVID-19 from the start of the pandemic. It is too late to impose a federal standard now that we have already developed systems and strategies that are tailored for our specific needs. I will seek a resolution that continues to recognize the uniqueness of our state and builds on our on-going efforts to combat a once-in-a-century crisis.

Background

This week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a rule implementing the coronavirus vaccine mandate that Biden announced back in September. The mandate applies to employers with more than 100 employees as well as to health workers at facilities that receive federal funding.

Now, according to OSHA’s new rule, these employers have to force their employees to either get vaccinated against the coronavirus or to start undergoing weekly coronavirus testing by January 4th.

The Biden administration has announced that it will conduct “planned inspections” in order to make sure that companies are complying. Those who fail to do so will face large fines.

The latest

In the weeks leading up to OSHA’s announcement, a number of Republican attorneys general indicated that they would be bringing a lawsuit against the Biden administration once the mandate is put into effect.

And so, it was no surprise that within hours of OSHA’s announcement more than twenty Republican states did just that.

As part of the lawsuits, there was a request by the Republicans for a stay to prevent the Biden administration from enforcing the mandate while it is the subject of litigation.

This week, a federal court granted that stay finding that the lawsuits presented enough evidence to suggest that there could be “grave statutory and constitutional issues” with Biden’s mandate.

The Biden administration now has until Monday evening to respond to the stay. But, following the court’s decision, it put out a statement expressing its confidence that ultimately the mandate will survive the legal challenges.

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