Tri-State AGs warn President Biden of possible legal action over vaccine mandate

Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 12:47 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Attorneys general from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, along with 21 other states, sent a letter to President Joe Biden to warn him of forthcoming legal action if he does not drop the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

On Sept. 10, President Biden announced orders requiring employers with more than 100 workers to mandate vaccinations against COVID-19 or offer weekly testing.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost all signed the letter sent to the president.

Yost, who says he is vaccinated, calls Biden’s mandate unlawful and further divides the country.

“As proposed, the federal vaccine mandate is not only unlawful, its guise as a workplace safety measure further divides those still considering the vaccine,” Yost said. “I am vaccinated, but the President didn’t force me to – nor should anyone else be required by federal executive edict.”

Another concern raised by the 24 attorneys general is that the mandate could drive people out of the workforce.

The attorneys general letter mentions alternatives to the described “one-size-fits-almost-all” vaccine order.

The letter suggests businesses could have employees work remotely instead of being required to get vaccinated, according to a press release from Attorney General Yost.

“The one-size-fits-almost-all approach you [Biden] have decreed makes clear that you intend to use the OSHA statute as a pretext to impose an unprecedented, controversial public health measure on a nationwide basis that only incidentally concerns the workplace.”

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