Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that he is suing the Biden Administration over its order requiring vaccinations against COVID-19 for federal employees and contractors by December 8.
The lawsuit alleges that the president doesn’t have the authority to issue the rule and that it violates procurement law.
DeSantis has vowed legal action over federal vaccination requirements and fought masking and vaccine rules implemented by local governments.
Biden has argued that the mandates are crucial to bringing an end to the pandemic. But Republicans nationwide have opposed the vaccination requirements and have threatened to bring similar legal challenges.
DeSantis also blasted a pending rule from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration that would compel companies with 100 or more employees to require vaccinations or frequent COVID tests for workers. He said Biden is using “obscure rules” to impose policies without approval from Congress.
“We’ve made it very clear, as you now are in an era where there are these heavy-handed mandates that are being hung over people’s heads that threaten to deprive them of the ability to earn a living, that in the state of Florida you have a right to earn a living and it should not be denied to you based on these shots,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis, who previously announced he would call a special session to ban vaccine mandates in Florida, said he would sign a proclamation for the session by Friday at the latest. He said he hopes to fortify rules on parents’ rights and masks in schools.
DeSantis said the special session would be held in November, with the exact dates to be announced in the proclamation.