Oct. 30 (UPI) – Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday sued the Biden government on behalf of the state over its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors.
The federal regulation, which is due to come into force on December 8, calls on all federal employees and contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Texas lawsuit follows similar lawsuits from Florida and Georgia and several other states.
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October 30 (UPI) – Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday sued the Biden government on behalf of the state over their coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors.

The federal regulation, which will go into effect December 8th calls on all federal employees and contractors to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Texas lawsuit follows similar lawsuits from Florida and Georgia and several other states.

“The Biden administration has repeatedly expressed its disdain for Americans who choose not to get a vaccine, and it has repeatedly and abusively violated the federal government to impose something on Americans they do not want” said Paxton in a statement. “The federal government does not have the ability to deprive individuals of their choice to get a vaccine or not. If the president believes his patience is waning, he is clearly underestimating the lack of patience of the Texans whose rights he is violating.” Paxton and fellow Republican government colleague Greg Abbott are at war with local and federal officials over vaccination mandates. Earlier this month, Abbott expanded an executive order to block the requirement for all companies in Texas, including healthcare facilities and private businesses. Previously, he had banned cities, counties, school districts and government agencies from requesting vaccines. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tweeted that the vaccination “shouldn’t be forced on anyone by the state or a private employer.”

The lawsuit alleges that the Biden government acted unconstitutionally in drafting the vaccine mandate policy. It also argues that the government needed Congressional approval to enforce it.

In September, Biden passed federal ordinance requiring vaccination of all federal contractors – a move that includes major airlines, some of which are headquartered in Texas to have. At the same time, Biden demanded that private companies with 100 or more employees either prescribe vaccines or conduct weekly coronavirus tests.

On Friday, the US Supreme Court denied blocking Maine’s vaccine mandate on Friday, despite that request from a group of Health care workers came to argue that their religious freedom rights had been violated because the mandate did not allow for any religious exception. The highest court has also denied challenges to vaccination mandates at Indiana University and in a New York school system.

Scientists and health professionals have supported efforts to increase vaccinations as research highlights the effectiveness of vaccinations in preventing infections, hospitalizations, and death. Approximately 53% of Texans are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune. Read the original here. The Texas Tribune is a non-profit, non-partisan media organization that educates and interacts with Texans on public order, politics, government and statewide issues.

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