Florida sues Biden, NASA over COVID vaccine mandates for federal contractors

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Federal rule interferes with Florida’s employment policies, lawsuit claims

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Unique: The state of Florida is suing President Biden, NASA and several officials and agencies within the Biden administration over its “illegal” COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which requires government contractors to vaccinate, saying it rules out Florida’s employment policies. interferes with and “threats”. State economy.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and Gov. Ron DeSantis filed a lawsuit, previously obtained by Granthshala News, against Biden, NASA, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, and White House Office of Management and Budget and Defense Department officials. on the mandate, which requires all employees of the executive branch to be vaccinated COVID-19, and require federal contractors to mandate vaccinations and ensure workers are fully vaccinated by December 8.

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Florida’s lawsuit, filed Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in the Central District of Florida’s Tampa Division, argues that NASA, and others “often contract with Florida, have a current contractual relationship with Florida, and enforce the Biden administration.” Will continue and will continue. Unlawful requirements for Florida.”

“Since the government’s illegal vaccine requirement seeks to interfere with Florida’s employment policies and threaten Florida with economic harm and loss of federal contracts, the state seeks relief from this Court,” the lawsuit says.

In the lawsuit, Florida argues that, if not challenged, federal vaccine requirements would compel Florida to require vaccination of certain state officials, as the state contracts with entities that also with the federal government. make contracts.

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The Florida lawsuit states that the Biden administration is “relying on a statute” that authorizes the president to “set the policies and directives that the president must follow through the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act (FPASA) of 1949” ( deemed necessary to implement the FPASA. “Forcing the millions of Americans who work for government contractors to get a COVID-19 vaccine.”

President Biden, with First Lady Jill Biden, speaks during a visit on September 10 at Brookland Middle School in northeastern Washington.  (AP)

“Nothing in that statute authorizes such a radical intrusion on the personal autonomy of American workers—particularly, as is the case here, when many of those workers are officials of a sovereign state,” the lawsuit says. .

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 21, 2021 file photo, former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, NASA's nominee for administrator, speaks during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  In his first news interview since becoming NASA's top official this week, Nelson told the Associated Press on Friday, May 7, that measuring climate and diversifying the workforce are top issues.  Nelson defended whether the US could put astronauts on the Moon by 2024.  (Saul Loeb/Pool via AP)

Florida argued that “even if” the statute authorized the mandate, the administration’s vaccine requirements “would still be illegal because the way they were enacted violates fundamental principles of administrative and procurement law.”

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A Florida official told Granthshala News that Florida believes the administration “misreads the FPASA,” claiming that “the government has to use its contracts to enforce social policy authorized by Congress.” not authorized to use it.”

The state is arguing that the court held Biden’s executive order “unlawful and set aside”; “Preliminary and permanent injunctive relief restrains the defendant from enforcing the executive order;” Issuance of declaratory relief declaring the actions of the administration to be “unlawful”; Award Florida costs and attorney’s fees; and grant any other relief which the Court may consider “just and just.”

The lawsuit comes after President Biden signed an executive order over the summer requiring all executive branch employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden also signed an order requiring businesses with more than 100 workers to mandate coronavirus vaccinations.

Biden also signed an order in September requiring federal contractors to mandate vaccinations and ensure workers are fully vaccinated by December 8. Some organizations representing federal contractors have urged the administration to extend the deadline for workers to 2022, arguing that the deadline could lead to mass resignations. In the height of the holiday season, further worsening supply chains could be contributing to the crisis.


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