The attorneys general of 24 U.S. states have written a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden. They threatened to go to court in connection with the introduction of mandatory coronavirus vaccination for federal employees and employees of private companies, government contractors.
Earlier, the state of Arizona has already appealed to the court with a demand to recognize the latest initiatives of the U.S. administration as unconstitutional.
“We, the attorneys general of 24 states, are writing to protest your attempt to make vaccination mandatory for individuals … Your plan is disastrous and counterproductive. From a political point of view, this decree is unlikely to win hearts and minds – it will simply lead to more skepticism. And at least some Americans will leave the labor market instead of submitting,” the lawyers said in an appeal to Biden, the text of which is quoted by the Hill newspaper.
Attorneys general, including representatives of primarily Republican states – Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, and others, argue that Biden’s decision is “illegal.” They explain this by the fact that the president used a rarely used provision of the law, the application of which was challenged several times in court.
“We urge you to reconsider the illegal and malicious plan and allow people to make their own decisions. If your administration does not change its course, the undersigned state attorneys general will seek all available legal opportunities to hold you accountable and support the rule of law,” they wrote in the letter.
Biden previously presented a strategy for further combating the coronavirus pandemic in a televised address to the nation. The list of initiatives includes a decree obliging all federal employees and employees of contractors of the federal government to be vaccinated. According to him, the new vaccination requirements cover about 100 million Americans – two-thirds of the country’s workforce.