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States analyzing to ‘attack’ Biden’s vaccine mandate in court: Nebraska governor

Nebraska’s attorney general is working with other attorneys general to challenge President Joe Biden’s new COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Nebraska’s governor said Sunday.

“He’s coordinating with other attorneys general around the country who share similar views about overreach,” Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“This is a serious violation of federal authority. And as we look at what these rules are, we’ll find out how we’ll be able to challenge them in court. I’m with my colleagues across the country, as well as other governors. I am also talking to those who feel like me, and we will work on other strategies,” he said.

Biden, through an executive order issued last week, is forcing federal employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine unless they are approved for religious or medical exemptions. He also directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to prepare an order that would require private businesses with 100 or more employees to make vaccinations mandatory.

Ricketts, a Republican, and 18 other governors immediately denounced the mandate, arguing they were the wrong approach to increasing the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines. Some governors and attorneys general indicated they would move the courts.

In the wake of Biden’s announcement, Republican Governor Brian Kemp wrote on social media, “I will pursue every legal option available to the State of Georgia to stop this blatantly illegal encroachment by the Biden Administration.”

Ricketts was asked when he would go to court, he said it would come when the exact rules were framed.

“When we have an idea of ​​what these rules will actually be, we’ll know how to attack it in court,” he said.

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President Joe Biden talks about his handling of the coronavirus
President Joe Biden speaks about combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the State Dining Room of the White House on September 9, 2021 in Washington. (Kevin Diets/Getty Images)

Biden administration officials have defended the mandates, saying they are legal and will face scrutiny.

“The law basically requires the Department of Labor to take action if there is a serious risk to workers,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday. “And, of course, a pandemic that killed more than 600,000 people qualifies as a serious risk to workers.”

“The requirements he announced are not country-wide requirements. These are focused on areas where the federal government has a legal authority to act,” Surgeon General Vivic Murthy on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. he said.

Others are not so sure.

The kind of Biden announced is that “the legislature is generally withdrawn in our system of government, so I think the courts will focus on that issue first and say that the president has the authority of Congress.” can’t have the right to do without it,” Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor, said over the weekend.

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That’s what happened with the removal moratorium ordered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Supreme Court last month blocked the latest adjournment, saying the agency lacked the authority to impose such restrictions and was not authorized by Congress.

“We expect Congress to speak clearly when authorizing an agency to exercise powers of ‘enormous’ economic and political importance,” the majority wrote.

Zachary Stebero

Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started out as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

States analyzing to 'attack' Biden's vaccine mandate in court: Nebraska governor
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