SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Utah joins a coalition of 24 states threatening President Joe Biden with a lawsuit in response to his vaccine mandate for private sector workers.
President Biden announced a six-pronged plan to combat the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant. As part of the plan, companies with more than 100 employees are to mandate regular vaccines or tests. Health care and education workers who receive federal funds should be immunized, as should all federal employees and contractors.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is on the leadership team of the Attorneys General Coalition. He said the group outlined their legal and political concerns with the mandate to be executed through an occupational safety and health law, OSHA, temporary emergency standard.
“I am committed to continuing to lead with my colleagues to push back and fight this mandate all the way to the United States Supreme Court if necessary,” said Attorney General Reyes. “Utah employers and employees, with unprecedented fervor, flooded my office with messages of deep concern and extreme opposition to the proposed mandate. I completely agree.”
Reyes and the coalition alleged that the proposed mandates are offensive, saying they “violate the constitutional separation of powers, reasonable notions of federalism and dramatically expand the pervasive reach of federal agencies under the guise of ’emergency powers’.” .
“We call on President Biden to withdraw his proposed standards. Forcing them on business will be legally, politically and financially disastrous and will further divide America, ”said Attorney General Reyes.
Utah was joined on the letter by the attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.