The president signed a new executive order reaffirming his COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all federal employees. This new mandate gets rid of a previous option for unvaccinated employees to opt-out by subjecting themselves to COVID-19 testing at least once a week.
Biden followed this executive order with an announcement saying he would direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the Department of Labor to craft new rules that would force companies with over 100 employees to mandate either vaccinations or weekly testing.
Such a move will apply to about two-thirds of all U.S. employees or around 100 million people, including about 17 million people who work at health facilities that receive federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. (Related: 70% of unvaccinated Americans would QUIT their jobs over vaccine mandates, to avoid being injured or killed by deadly jabs.)
OSHA will be tasked with figuring out the specific details of Biden's vaccine mandate. This includes figuring out how employees will prove their vaccination status, and whether the vaccine mandate will apply to employees that work remotely.
At least 19 governors and two attorneys general immediately issued statements criticizing the Biden administration's "dictatorial" COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
They include the governors of Wyoming, Texas, Tennessee, South Dakota, South Carolina, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Mississippi, Missouri, Iowa, Idaho, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Alaska, Alabama and Arizona. All 19 governors are Republicans.
They have been joined by the attorneys general of Utah and Indiana, as well as by other prominent members of the Republican Party.
Some of the statements merely expressed their criticisms of Biden's expanded vaccine mandate.
"This unconstitutional move is terrifying," said Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves. "This is still America, and we still believe in freedom from tyrants."
"I am absolutely against a government mandate on the vaccine," said Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. "This is not the role of the government."
"The American Dream has turned into a nightmare under President Biden and radical Democrats," wrote South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Twitter. "They have declared war against capitalism, thumbed their noses at the Constitution and empowered our enemies abroad."
Other statements, like the ones from the governors of South Dakota, Missouri, Georgia and Arizona, also threatened legal action.
"Getting the vaccine is and should be a choice," said Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in a statement. "These mandates are outrageous. They will never stand up in court. We must and will push back."
"I will pursue every legal option available to the state of Georgia to stop this blatantly unlawful overreach by the Biden administration," wrote Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on his personal Twitter account.
"South Dakota will stand up to defend freedom. Joe Biden, see you in court," said South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. On her Twitter account, she later shared a post saying that her legal team is preparing to pursue legal action against the vaccine mandate.
"The decision to get vaccinated is a private healthcare decision that should remain as such," said Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. "My administration will always fight back against federal power grabs and government overreach that threatens to limit our freedoms."
Other prominent Republicans, like Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), also vowed to fight to stop the mandate.
"Joe Biden told Americans when he was elected that he would not impose vaccine mandates. He lied. Now small businesses, workers and families across the country will pay the price," said McDaniel. "Many small businesses and workers do not have the money or legal resources to fight Biden's unconstitutional actions and authoritarian decrees, but when this decree goes into effect, the RNC will sue the administration to protect Americans and their liberties."
In a statement on Friday, Biden said he was "disappointed" that the governors and other prominent Republican officials are not willing to just go ahead with his vaccine mandate.
"Some Republican governors have been so cavalier with the health of these kids, so cavalier with the health of their communities," said Biden during a visit to Brookland Middle School in Washington, D.C. "This is playing for real, this isn't a game."
"We got to come together. I think the vast majority – look at the polling data. The vast majority of the American people know we have to do these. They're hard but necessary. We're gonna get them done. Thank you."
During the visit, Biden even expressed his disappointment at people who are hesitant to get injected with the experimental and deadly COVID-19 vaccines. He also blamed the unvaccinated for the country's current situation.
"We've been patient," he said. "But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us." He added that the unvaccinated "can cause a lot of damage, and they are."
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