UPDATED 4:04 PM PT – Saturday, October 23, 2021
The GOP has continued to push back against Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates.
GOP leaders have taken a stand against Biden’s vaccine mandate ever since first announced back in September, as well as those imposed by Democrat figures and large corporations following his lead since. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) called for a special legislative session to put a stop to such mandates, announcing a series of actions being taken to protect Florida jobs.
“Your right to earn a living should not be contingent upon COVID shots. On a principal basis, we have the responsibility to stand up for people’s individual rights and individual freedoms, and make sure that in the state of Florida, people can make those decisions,” DeSantis stated.
Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has long urged action be taken against the mandate and highlighted Texas shouldn’t be forced to choose between their livelihood and a vaccine.
“Neither the President of the United States nor the federal government have any legal authority, any constitutional authority to issue their vaccine mandate,” said Abbott.
Biden’s vaccine mandate is unconstitutional. Period.
Texans shouldn’t be forced to choose between their livelihood & a vaccine.
I’m confident the Lone Star State will win any legal showdown my Executive Order may bring. pic.twitter.com/mPcSwVZfxl
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 20, 2021
Abbott issued an executive order banning the mandates by private companies, but the bill failed to pass during a special legislative session.
Additionally, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich was the first attorney general to file a lawsuit against Biden’s mandate and announced he filed an amended complaint asking for a temporary restraining order and nationwide preliminary injunction as soon as possible.
The Alabama Republican Party also called for state lawmakers to “take action” and pass legislation opposing Biden’s vaccine requirements. Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) said the directive is one of the biggest federal overreaches of his lifetime.
“People are losing their jobs. It’s going against some people’s religions,” said Tuberville. “I have friends that have underlying conditions that a doctor tells them do not take the vaccine, but they are still being told by Joe Biden and the federal government to take it. It is wrong.”
Officials argue no entity has the right to spy on a citizen’s personal health information, adding requiring someone to disclose their vaccine status or be fired is discrimination.