Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has sued President Biden over the administration’s federal vaccine mandate for contractors.
DeSantis announced the lawsuit, which names the President and several federal agencies as defendants, on Thursday.
“Florida has filed another lawsuit against the Biden administration. This lawsuit challenges the Biden administration’s order imposing a vaccine mandate on federal contractors,” DeSantis said at a press conference.
The suit is seeking a preliminary nationwide injunction for what court documents describe as a “radical intrusion on the personal autonomy of American workers.”
“It’s important for us to take a stand,” DeSantis said. “Tossing people aside is just not something we can tolerate here in the state of Florida, so we are going to do everything we can.”
DeSantis is announcing the lawsuit just two weeks after threatening to do so.
To be clear, he has consistently urged Floridians to get the vaccine, citing the effectiveness of the jab and noting that a significant percentage of people being hospitalized for COVID “are either not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all.”
But he has consistently fought back against mandates and forcing citizens to get the shot.
“Let’s not have Biden come in and effectively take away — threaten to take away — the jobs of people who have been working hard throughout this entire pandemic,” DeSantis said. “I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job.”
DeSantis is also offering $5,000 bonuses to police officers to relocate to Florida where they can avoid vaccination mandates being imposed in blue cities and states.
A district court in Washington, D.C. Thursday issued a temporary restraining order barring civilian and active-duty military plaintiffs who have filed religious exemptions from being fired.
The plaintiff for the defendants accused the Biden administration of showing “an unprecedented, cavalier attitude toward the rule of law and an utter ineptitude at basic constitutional contours.”
District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued the order. Some may be surprised that she was nominated to the district court in 1997 by President Bill Clinton.
Kollar-Kotelly wrote that “active duty military plaintiffs, whose religious exception requests have been denied, will not be disciplined or separated during the pendency of their appeals.”
DeSantis’ administration fined Leon County $3.57 million for imposing a vaccine mandate on local government employees in violation of the state’s ban on vaccine passports.
When he’s not fighting back against un-American mandates, DeSantis is hard at work correcting other mistakes by the Biden administration.
The Florida governor addressed the supply chain crisis of late, enticing cargo ships to reroute to ports in the Sunshine State.
“Florida is here … and we are going to make sure Americans get their Christmas gifts this season,” DeSantis said.
One of the best possible gifts Americans could get right now is a sound defeat in the courts for Biden’s vaccine mandate.
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