Updated Nov. 4, 2021.
At least 19 states have already begun to legally pursue action against the Biden administration for forcing medical coercion on federal contractors but following the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new emergency temporary standard demanding employers with 100 or more workers mandate the jab, others are looking to sue too. OSHA’s explicit threat that the rule could eventually extend to smaller businesses in the near future has also pushed politicians, attorneys, and business owners to take legal action.
Here are the conservatives who are suing Biden and his administration for forcing the COVID-19 jab on workers.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt was one of the first Republicans to initiate a lawsuit against the Biden administration’s new COVID shot mandate and testing rules.
“I’ve been in discussions with businesses in Missouri, including a trailer manufacturing company in mid-Missouri, who say that this vaccine mandate will crush their business,” Schmitt said in a statement. “We will be on file first thing [Friday] morning to halt this illegal, unconstitutional attempt by the Biden administration and the federal government to impose their will on thousands of Missouri businesses and millions of Missourians.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton took to Twitter on Thursday to declare his opposition to the newest “illegal, unconditional regulation” from the Biden administration and announce a lawsuit against the president and his team.
“Biden just announced his plan to wield OSHA to mandate vaccines on private businesses. And I’m announcing my plan to sue him once this illegal, unconstitutional regulation hits the Federal Register,” the TXAG account announced. “Here comes another winning #Texas v. Biden law suit!”
Biden just announced his plan to wield OSHA to mandate vaccines on private businesses. And I’m announcing my plan to sue him once this illegal, unconstitutional regulation hits the Federal Register.
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) November 4, 2021
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen announced on Thursday that he would sue the Biden administration over the new OSHA rule because “Forcing these injections on Montanans at the threat of losing their jobs infringes on the rights of our state, individuals, and businesses.”
“If a president can unilaterally force people to submit to a medical procedure they don’t want, then there’s seemingly no limit to the federal government’s control over our lives,” the Republican said in a statement. “President Biden’s illegal mandate is an egregious overreach and sets the country down a dangerous path. … We’ve been preparing for this. I’ll be filing a lawsuit tomorrow to stop this lawless order in its tracks.”
Attorneys General In Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee
Attorneys General in Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee all banded together on Thursday to file a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky following OSHA’s release of its new vaccine rule proposal.
“The Constitution lays out critical rules by which the executive branch must operate. Congress and the states have their own powers, which the administration can’t just take over because it wants to,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said.
We are leading a lawsuit with @OhioAG and @tnattygen challenging the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional vaccine mandate for federal contractors. The overbroad mandate threatens the livelihoods of Kentuckians and Kentucky businesses that contract with the federal government. pic.twitter.com/yPe2l3eXAI
— Attorney General Daniel Cameron (@kyoag) November 4, 2021
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also signaled his state’s intent to pursue the federal government for trying to force Floridians to get the jab.
“The rule is going down,” DeSantis said.
"The rule is going down" – Gov. DeSantis, (R) Florida says Florida will sue over the Biden admin's new vaccine rule for employers
— sallykidd (@sallykidd) November 4, 2021
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem
Noem took to Twitter on Thursday to announce “today, we are joining a lawsuit against the Biden Administration’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates.”
“@JoeBiden, see you in court,” she added.
This morning, the Biden Administration released their guidance through OSHA that affects over 100 million Americans.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) November 4, 2021
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita and Gov. Eric Holcomb
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb directed his administration to pursue legal action against the Biden administration on Thursday to combat the government’s overreach. Attorney General Todd Rokita has repeatedly pledged for months that he would sue the federal government as soon as the mandates manifested.
“This gross example of federal bureaucratic overreach has nothing to do with whether it’s a good idea to get vaccinated,” Rokita said in September. “But it has everything to do with the Biden administration’s total disrespect for individual liberties and the prerogative of states to govern their own affairs.”
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds promised “immediate legal action” against the new OSHA rule in a press release on Thursday.
“President Biden is taking dangerous and unprecedented steps to insert the federal government even further into our lives while dismissing the ability of Iowans and Americans to make health care decisions for themselves,” she said. “Biden’s plan pits Americans against Americans, while forcing them to choose between making a living or standing up for their personal beliefs. Biden’s actions will only worsen the existing workforce shortages and supply chain issues that hinder our economic recovery.”
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Thursday announced plans to file a new lawsuit against the Biden administration on Friday morning, following up an initial lawsuit he filed when Biden first signaled the requirements in September.
“When faceless government bureaucrats dictate what you must inject into your body, that’s the furthest thing in the world from a safe workplace. The government doesn’t get to be your nanny, and it’s certainly not your doctor,” Brnovich said in a press release.
The Job Creators Network
The Job Creators Network along with businesses such as the Lawrence Transportation Company, Guy Chemical Company, The Rabine Group, and the Independent Bakers Association filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Biden administration for its “clearly illegal” shot coercion.
“The Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate is clearly illegal and will have a devastating impact on our small business community and our entire economy. JCN is suing the Administration on the grounds that OSHA does not have the authority to impose such a mandate. Even if OSHA did have the power, there is neither the grave danger nor necessity to issue such a sweeping regulation,” JCN President and CEO Alfredo Ortiz said in a statement.
The JCN first announced its plans to push back on the Biden administration after the president released a press release stating his desire for the new rule in September.
“President Biden’s vaccine mandate on small businesses is unconstitutional and a dramatic overreach of federal authority,” Ortiz said at the time. “To hold the Biden Administration accountable and stand up for small businesses, Job Creators Network plans to file a lawsuit to block the implementation of this order.”
The Daily Wire
Conservative publication The Daily Wire, backed by the Dhillon Law Group, Inc. and Alliance Defending Freedom, also announced it would sue the federal government over the proposed rule.
“The Daily Wire will not comply with President Biden’s tyrannical vaccine mandate, and we are suing the Biden Administration to put a stop to their gross overreach,” said Daily Wire Co-Founder and Co-CEO Jeremy Boreing. “President Biden, the federal government, social media, and the establishment media have conspired to rob Americans of their freedoms in the name of public health. They have broken faith with the American people through conflicting messaging, false information, and by suppressing data and perspectives with which they disagree.”