Kim Reynolds joins 9 other Republican governors in lawsuit challenging federal vaccine mandate for contractors

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.– Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is co-leading a 10-state coalition in filing a lawsuit to stop the vaccine mandate for federal contractors.

The lawsuit takes issue with the Biden Administration’s use of federal procurement statutes to mandate vaccinations through Executive Order 14042.

Iowa is among the ten states in the lawsuit, all of them lead by Republicans. She released a statement on Friday announcing the decision:

“Today, I’m announcing that the State of Iowa is joining a federal lawsuit to challenge President Biden’s unprecedented use of the government to force every employee of every federal contractor in America, including thousands of Iowans, to take a vaccine against their wishes. 

“I believe the vaccine is the best defense against COVID-19, but no one should be forced to choose between making a living or standing up for their personal beliefs. As long as I am governor, the State of Iowa will always stand alongside Iowans and to be sure their freedoms are protected.” 

Gov. Kim Reynolds

“My Office has led the nation in taking action to fight back against attempts by petty tyrants to impose their control through mask mandates. Now, we’re leading the nation in fighting back against this absurd federal overreach,” said Attorney General Schmitt.

Schmitt also said if the federal government attempts to unconstitutionality exert its will and force federal contractors to mandate vaccinations, the workforce and businesses could be further decimated. He said that could further exacerbate the supply chain and workforce crises.

Schmitt’s office says the lawsuit incorporates 12 counts. It argues that Biden’s September Executive Order violates the Procurement Act because, “Far from increasing economy and efficiency in procurement, the contractor vaccine mandate will have deleterious effects on economy and inefficiency by causing the large-scale resignations of unvaccinated employees of federal contractors. These disruptive consequences will directly oppose both ‘economy’ and ‘efficiency’.”

The lawsuit also states that the vaccine mandate is unconstitutional, arguing, “Defendants, through their vaccine mandate, have exercised power far beyond what was delegated to the federal government by constitutional mandate or congressional action.”

The suit says it also violates the Procurement Policy Act, is an unlawful usurpation of states’ police powers, violates the Anti-Commandeering Doctrine, is a procedural violation of the Administrative Procedures Act, is a substantive violation of the Administrative Procedures Act, is a substantive violation of the APA as an agency action not in accordance with law and in excess of authority, is a substantive violation of the APA as an agency action that is arbitrary and capricious and is in violation of notice-and-comment requirements, violates the separation of powers, violates the Tenth Amendment and federalism, and is an unconstitutional exercise of the spending power.

The other states joining Missouri are Nebraska, Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

You can read the full lawsuit on the Missouri Attorney General’s website

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