Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich
(Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich)

Arizona sues Biden administration over vaccine mandates

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich  filed a lawsuit against US President Joe Biden over the new policy that require federal workers and private sector workers in businesses with more than 100 employees be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Brnovich filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, Arizona.

“Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his office (AGO) is suing President Biden and other officials in his administration over their unconstitutional COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal employees, federal contractors, and private businesses with more than 100 employees. This is the first lawsuit in the country to be filed against the Biden Administration’s radical actions requiring COVID-19 vaccines,” the news release said.

In a call with reporters, Brnovich said “This is an infringement on individual liberties,” adding that the law leaves such health decisions to the states.

“We have filed a lawsuit today against the unprecedented and unconstitutional power grab by the Biden administration. … The Biden administration is unconstitutionally trying to mandate vaccines that may affect hundreds of millions of Americans. It’s totally wrong; it’s unconstitutional” Brnovich, who’s a Republican and  is currently waging a bid for the U.S. Senate said in a post on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Biden announced the mandates last week that could affect 100 million workers and his new policy has sparked outrage among a number of Republican governors. Businesses that don’t comply could face fines of up to $14,000 per violation.

“This is an egregious, tyrannical power grab that stands no chance in court,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Twitter. “I’ll be suing this disastrous Admin very soon.”

Greg Abbott of Texas called it an “assault on private businesses”. Ron DeSantis of Florida said: “I do not believe that people should lose their jobs over this issue, and we will fight that.”

In a letter, 24 Republican state attorneys general vowed to take legal action against the Biden administration if the administration does not change course on its vaccine mandate.

“Mr. President, your vaccination mandate represents not only a threat to individual liberty, but a public health disaster that will displace vulnerable workers and exacerbate a nationwide hospital staffing crisis, with severe consequences for all Americans,” the letter reads.

With reporting by The Hill, CNN, CBS News, Fox News